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ERIC Number: ED315719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-18
Pages: 15
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Death Anxiety and Attitudes toward Suicide among Counselors-In-Training.
Maglio, Christopher J.
Only recently have mental health professionals realized the importance and impact of death and death anxiety in the lives of individuals, particularly clients. Indeed few empirical studies have examined the levels of death anxiety among clients, much less among counselors or counselors-in-training. The purpose of this study was to examine whether gender, age, and experience with death and/or suicide would influence reported levels of death anxiety, manifest anxiety, and attitudes toward suicide among counselors-in-training (N=55). Significant differences were found between male and female trainees in levels of death anxiety, with females reporting higher levels. When attitudes toward suicide were examined, trainees who had had a direct experience with a friend or family member attempting or committing suicide had a more negative view of the acceptability of suicide than did those without this direct experience. No differences were found between male and female trainees in suicide attitude and manifest anxiety. A possible way to begin dealing with the death anxiety and attitudes toward suicide experienced by counselors-in-training is through educational exposure, specifically with death and dying and the various aspects of suicide. Regardless of the method, the topics of death, dying, and suicide need to be integrated into existing counselor training programs. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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