ERIC Number: ED230890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Afterlife Anxiety in Older People.
Baum, Steven K.
Research has shown that the majority of Americans believe in the concept of life after death in some form. To investigate the effects of afterlife anxiety on wellness in the elderly, 293 Los Angeles elderly were interviewed. An afterlife anxiety measure and measures of physical and psychologial health were administered. Pearson correlations failed to support the hypothesis that afterlife anxiety would be related to well-being. However, small effects were noted for time perception and setting: elders who perceived time as slow, and those who lived in institutions, tended to feel more anxious about life after death. No demographic data were related to afterlife anxiety. The low correlations may be due to the complex nature of the afterlife anxiety variable, which demonstrates poor results empirically, indicating a need for further research. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982). Best copy available.