ERIC Number: ED200878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-23
The Effects of Death Education.
Freitag, Carl B.; Hassler, Shawn David
Although fear of death is recorded in the writings of the oldest major religions, the study of death and the fear of death have only occurred for the last few decades. Death education courses have grown in number since the early 1970's. College students participated in an investigation of the effects of death education on death anxiety by completing pre- and post-tests of the Pandey Death Anxiety Scale and the Topics of Thanatology Scale. Students (N=116) in the control group were enrolled in psychology courses, while the experimental group students (N=60) were taking a death and dying course. The pretest showed that the control and experimental groups were similar in their feelings about death anxiety. Results indicated that although death anxiety was unchanged in the control group, the experimental group showed a significant decrease in death anxiety as measured by the Pandey Scale. The pretest-posttest results of the Topics of Thanatology Scale were not statistically significant, although the students in the experimental group scored higher than the control group. (Author/NRB)
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 (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980).