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ERIC Number: ED186516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
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An Exploratory Survey of the Attitudes of Black Memphians Toward Funeral Homes, the Funeral Ritual and Preparations for Death. Findings and Analysis.
Johnson, Gordon C., II
Black Americans face a paradox concerning death: although their involvement with death is intense, their knowledge of death, per se, comprehension of death related behaviors, and exposure to available life extending alternatives are minimal. An interview based questionnaire was distributed to 1,010 adults in a predominantly black section of Memphis in order to investigate this paradox. The study was designed to disclose information concerning preferences, special practices, and attitudinal impressions of individuals and families regarding funeral service establishments, employees, and costs; funeral rituals; funeral home advertising practices; and manner and extent of preparation for death. Findings are analyzed in terms of variable respondent characteristics: birthplace and duration of residence, age, sex, race, occupation, education, religion, marital status, family size, size of household, and income. The findings indicate that blacks exhibit a high degree of acceptability toward death preparations yet a low degree of preparedness in understanding of, and commitment to a particular methodology with which plans might be carried out. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Memphis)