Year: 1998 Source: Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998. p.111-119 SIEC No: 20010946

This paper addresses the following questions: when do children begin to form an understanding about suicide? what do they know & think about suicide at different stages of development? how do their conceptions of suicide develop & change? how do children learn about suicide? & what are the implications of children’s understanding of suicide for suicide prevention? Several studies which have explored childrens’ conceptions of death & suicide are briefly discussed. It is concluded that children, particularly by the age of 8, understand what suicide is & can talk about it in an interview, including explaining why people kill themselves. (21 refs.)