Schoolchildren’s familiarisation with the meaning of loss and death: the role of theatrical games (pp. 217-222)
Authors: Angeliki Nikolakopoulou, Fotini Garagouni–Areou, Christina Roussi-Vergou, and Maria Zafiropoulou
Abstract: Death and loss are undoubtedly some of the most emotionally painful events in a child’s life. The research questions dealt with in this study are a) whether familiarisation with loss and death differs between children from urban and rural regions and b) whether theatrical games dealing with loss of a loved one could facilitate familiarisation with the meaning of death. One hundred and ninety one 3rd grade school students from Greek urban and rural regions participated in the study. Children were divided in four groups (2 experimental and 2 control groups). Children in the experimental groups participated in a theatrical game with death as a subject, while control groups engaged themselves with artistic and sports activities. All participants were appropriately interviewed before and after the intervention. According to results children’s knowledge and familiarisation with death improved after implementation of the theatrical game.