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ERIC Number: ED153127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-31
Pages: 21
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A Factor Analytic Study of a Scale Designed to Measure Death Anxiety.
Thorson, James A.; Perkins, Mark
A death anxiety scale developed in 1973 by Nehrke was administered to 655 adult subjects. Their responses were differentiated according to age, sex, race, and level of education. Data were also analyzed using the varimax rotated factor matrix procedure to determine significant factors that the scale was, in fact, measuring. Loadings on four distinct factors accounted for 92.7% of the variance measured by the scale: fear of isolation and immobility, fear of pain, fear of the future, and fear of physical decomposition. Analyses variance revealed that older respondents had significantly less death anxiety as measured by this scale than did younger subjects. Males indicated significantly less death anxiety than did females in this sample. No differences in death anxiety were found by race or educational level. A number of recommendations are made for further modification and revision of the scale. (Author/MFD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)