Content analysis of free-response narratives to personal meanings of death among Chinese children and adolescents

Title

Content analysis of free-response narratives to personal meanings of death among Chinese children and adolescents

Creator

Yang SC; Chen SF

Publisher

Death Studies

Date

2006

Subject

PedPal Lit; Adolescent Age Factors Attitude to Death/ethnologyChildConcept FormationDeath Female Humans Male Religion Sex Factors Taiwan

Description

The study explores development of the concept of death among 204 Chinese children and adolescents and analyzes the relationships between death concept development and background variables. A coding manual for content analysis of death constructs adapted from R. A. Neimeyer et al. (1983) was used to classify each construct in the paragraphs written by participants regarding their views of death. The 6 categories most frequently identified were Internal Causality, Negative Emotion State, External Causality, Nonexistence, Negative Body State, and Existence. Death-related experiences did not significantly influence concepts regarding death, while significant differences emerged as a function of grade, gender, religion, and family death discussion for several death constructs. Compared with earlier American samples, Chinese children and adolescents identified less with choice and purposeful death constructs and were less likely to view death in terms of personal choice and morals or in terms of psychological or natural meaning. Whether the differences were due to cultural, methodological or age factors deserves further study. Finally, this study concludes with some recommendations for the future study of death constructs.
2006

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

217-41

Issue

3

Volume

30

Citation

Yang SC; Chen SF, “Content analysis of free-response narratives to personal meanings of death among Chinese children and adolescents,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 1, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13610.

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