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Conceptions of Illness Causality in Hospitalized Children [microform] / Rune J. Simeonsson and Others
Bib ID 5314292
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Simeonsson, Rune J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1975 
15 p. 
Summary

The aim of this study was to document the development of illness and health causality concepts in young hospitalized children (ages 4-10 years) whose stage of cognitive development may limit understanding of illness and treatment. It was hypothesized that distinct qualitative levels would characterize children's conceptions of illness and that these qualitative transitions would parallel other indices of cognitive growth such as conservation, decentration and physical causality. A total of 61 hospitalized children in three age groups (5, 7, and 9 years) were administered a number of tasks (designed to assess intellectual functioning, conservation, role taking skills, physical causality, and causality of illness). A significant age progression was observed, with these concepts, involving a shift from global, undifferentiated to increasingly abstract principles. Children's conceptions of illness causality were also significantly related to performance in conservation, role taking and physical causality tasks. The practical significance of this research in the context of the ill and hospitalized child is discussed. (Author/SB)

Notes

ERIC Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975).

Educational level discussed: Elementary Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cognitive Development.  |  Concept Formation.  |  Developmental Stages.  |  Elementary Education.  |  Hospitalized Children.  |  Research.  |  Causality
Form/genre Reports, Research.
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