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ERIC Number: ED167618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Development of the Alpha-Omega Completed Sentence Form (AOCSF): An Instrument to Aid in the Measurement, Identification, and Assessment of an Individual's "Adaptational Approach(es)" to the Stressful Event of Death and Related Issues.
Klein, Ronald; And Others
The Alpha Omega Completed Sentence Form (AOCSF) was developed to identify and measure a person's adaptational approaches to information concerning their own death or the possible death of a significant other. In contrast to the Kubler-Ross stage theory, the adaptational approach recognizes a person's capacity to assimilate new information which will minimize stress. Items were developed by teachers and counselors concerned with death education. A pilot study was conducted with 77 college students who were administered the original pool of 304 items. The pool had a high degree of internal consistency as indicated by Cronbach's alpha correlation coefficient. Next, expert judges selected the best 50 items from the original pool, 10 from each of the five psychological constructs as presented by Kubler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The 50 item instrument yielded an overall Cronbach's alpha of .87 which was judged adequate for future research. The second study was conducted with 83 students drawn from two human relations classes and a seminar on death and dying. Cronbach's alpha correlation coefficients, test - retest reliability coefficients, and dependent t-tests further confirmed the validity of the five subscales and the total scale score. (CP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alpha Omega Completed Sentence Form; Kubler Ross (Elisabeth)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978); Appendices marginally legible