We are grateful to the Israeli Cancer Association for their research grant; and to Dr. Peri Kedem for her statistical help.
INFORMING CHILDREN ABOUT A PARENT'S TERMINAL ILLNESS
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 995–998, November 1985
How to Cite
Rosenheim, E. and Reicher, R. (1985), INFORMING CHILDREN ABOUT A PARENT'S TERMINAL ILLNESS. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 26: 995–998. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1985.tb00613.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 16 November 1984
- Terminal illness;
- parent's death;
- children's death anxiety
It has been suggested that supplying children with explicit information about the terminal illness of a parent is likely to enhance their coping with anxiety. To examine this claim, the anxiety level of 18 children who were informed by their parents was compared with that of 26 children who were not thus informed. The anxiety of the informed group was significantly lower. The results also show meaningful differences between developmental levels among the non-informed only. Possible explanations and implications of the results are discussed.