Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Arts (MA)
Early Childhood Studies
The purpose of this research was to review the experiences of Child Life Specialists, to determine whether or not children with a terminal illness have a more advanced knowledge of death than traditional child developmental theory suggests. This research was a qualitative design in the form of a questionnaire and examined the experiences of five professional Child Life Specialists in the Greater Toronto Area. The findings revealed that Child Life Specialists have found that there is a difference of understanding of death between a healthy and terminally ill child. This information could lead to better practices for pediatric palliative care by providing those who work with palliative children, a better understanding of their perceptions and understanding of death.
Miller, Jessica Erin, "Challenging child development theory on the understanding of death : learning through the experiences of child life specialists" (2008). Theses and dissertations. Paper 904.