7 terms

1255 Death

0-5 years old
- doesn't understand death
- separation forms basis for later understanding
- believes death is reversible, temporary or sleep
- emphasizes immobility & inactivity as attributes
5-9 years old
- understands that death is final
- believes own death can be avoided
- associated death w/aggression or violence
- believes wishes or unrelated actions can cause death
9-12 years old
- begins to understand death is inevitable
- begins to understand own mortality
12-18 years old
- fears a lingering death
- may fantasize that death can be defied, acts out
- seldom thinks about death, but views it in religious & philosophical terms
- may try to reach adult understanding, but can't emotionally
- may still hold onto prior beliefs
18-45 years old
- has attitude towards death influenced by religious & cultural beliefs
45-65 years old
- accepts own mortality
- encounters death of parents & some peers
- experiences peaks of death anxiety
- death anxiety diminishes w/emotional well being
65+ years
- fears prolonged illness
- encounters death of family members & peers