Fournier, D. G. & Weber, J. A. (1985)
Family Support and a Child’s Adjustment to Death
Family Relations, 34, 1, 43-49.
Family Support and a Child’s Adjustment to Death asks if a family’s influence in a child’s understanding of death will show the child’s participation through a death. Two major methods were used to collect the data of this article. One being a parent questionnaire that documented family demographic information and the other method was a complex child interview schedule. Families that had less understanding about death, and less likely to allow their children to participate in death related activities were highly cohesive families. Results show that children who partake in the family’s death-related experiences had a huge understanding of death. Future research directions should test all children of the same age or a specific mutual death between the children.
2. The role of family as educator and source of support for children during death related experiences is addressed.
4. Families with high, medium, and low scores family cohesion will differ in the way decisions are made regarding a child's level of participation in death-related activities. Families with high, medium, and low scores on family adaptability will differ in the way decisions are made regarding a child's level of participation in death-related activities. Children who more actively participate in family and cultural rituals surrounding death will have a higher conceptual under- standing of death.
5. The two methods used in this study were a parent questionnaire that documented family demographic information and a complex child interview schedule. This research included fifty death-experienced families. The children being interviewed in this study ranged from 4-17 years of age. Each child was asked the following questions: (a) "What makes things die?”, (b) "Can you make dead things come back to life?", (c) "When will you die?", and (d) "What will happen when you die?"
6. The families with low or high cohesiveness had less understanding of death and did not partake in death-rituals as much as a family with moderate, balanced cohesiveness. Families with...