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ERIC Number: ED265449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 19
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Attitudes Toward Death Across the Life Span.
Maiden, Robert; Walker, Gail
To understand the change and development of people's attitudes toward death over the life span, a 62-item attitude questionnaire on death and dying was administered to 90 adults. Participants included five females and five males in each of nine age categories: 18-20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-64, and 65 or older. Participants were primarily Protestant, Caucasian, and of higher socioeconomic status. The results showed that only 10 percent of respondents indicated overt death anxiety while 51 percent were death acceptors. Responses indicated ambiguous feelings about death, with females being more open to expressing these ambiguous feelings than were males. Females also reported beliefs in reincarnation and afterlife more than did males. Data analysis revealed that death anxiety had no relationship to age; older respondents had no more death anxiety than did younger respondents. Generational differences were suggested by similar views on religion and drugs expressed by the younger and older cohorts as opposed to the middle-aged cohorts. The results suggest that environmental factors and generational differences are more important than aging in the formulation of adults' views of death. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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