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Death education: Knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of Irish parents and teachers

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dc.contributor.author McGovern, Marguerita
dc.contributor.author Barry, Margaret M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-20T17:15:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-20T17:15:36Z
dc.date.issued 2000-06
dc.identifier.citation McGovern M. & Barry, M.M. (2000). Death Education: Knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of Irish parents and teachers. Death Studies, 24(4), 325-333 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0748-1187
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2615
dc.description.abstract This article reports on a cross-sectional survey of the knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of Irish parents and school teachers concerning children's grief and the concept of death education. The sample comprised 119 parents and 142 teachers of Irish Primary-school children (5-12 years of age) who completed a self administered questionnaire. Both parents and teachers reported high levels of understanding of the nature of children's grief and strongly supported the view that death should be discussed with children before they encounter it. Although discussions of death were reported in the classroom and in the home, both teachers and parents, particularly men, reported being uncomfortable talking to children about death. There was general support for the inclusion of death education in the school curriculum, with both teachers and parents supporting the need for further teacher training to undertake its delivery. There were few significant differences between the expressed attitudes of parents and teachers. However, teachers were more likely than parents to agree that death education would take away from parental responsibility. The implications of the findings for further work in this area are considered. en_US
dc.format application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.subject School-aged children en_US
dc.subject Grief management en_US
dc.subject Death education en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title Death education: Knowledge, attitudes and perspectives of Irish parents and teachers en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/074811800200487 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Department of Health and Children en_US

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