Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/146025
Title:
Age as a Factor in Children's Grief Communication
Author:
Keffeler, Alexandra Elise
Issue Date:
May-2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Grieving children are an understudied population in the communication field. Therefore, it was my intention to uncover the communication patterns in children experiencing grief in three different age groups: ages 4-7, 8-12 and 13-18. This paper looks at loss and bereavement, the importance of communication while grieving and the impact of child development on grief. After doing observations at Tu Nidito, in Tucson, Arizona, the results show that the youngest age group uses story telling more than the older age groups. The younger two age groups, 4-7 and 8-12, display the most avoidance; the 8-12 age group communicates the most sadness, and the children ages 13-18 communicates more guilt, anger and uncertainty than the other age groups. Many of these results show that grief is communicated differently depending on where children are in the development process.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Communication
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAge as a Factor in Children's Grief Communicationen_US
dc.creatorKeffeler, Alexandra Eliseen_US
dc.contributor.authorKeffeler, Alexandra Eliseen_US
dc.date.issued2010-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractGrieving children are an understudied population in the communication field. Therefore, it was my intention to uncover the communication patterns in children experiencing grief in three different age groups: ages 4-7, 8-12 and 13-18. This paper looks at loss and bereavement, the importance of communication while grieving and the impact of child development on grief. After doing observations at Tu Nidito, in Tucson, Arizona, the results show that the youngest age group uses story telling more than the older age groups. The younger two age groups, 4-7 and 8-12, display the most avoidance; the 8-12 age group communicates the most sadness, and the children ages 13-18 communicates more guilt, anger and uncertainty than the other age groups. Many of these results show that grief is communicated differently depending on where children are in the development process.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunicationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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