ERIC Number: ED439638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Impact of Traumatic Death Experiences on the World Assumptions of Traditional Undergraduate Students.
Marshall, Jennifer L.; Fitch, Trey J.
This study investigated whether or not a traumatic death experience of another person (by suicide, homicide, unexpected illness, or accidental death) would impact the world assumptions of traditional college age students. The study also attempted to determine which independent variables (age at which the experience occurred, type of traumatic death, number of deaths experienced, relationship to the deceased, witnessing the death, and social support from family and friends) would predict three world assumptions held by traditional undergraduate students (benevolence of the world, meaningfulness of the world, and perceived self-worth). A sample of 354 undergraduate students from four Texas universities completed the study; 251 of the students in the group had had exposure to traumatic death; 103 students were in the non-exposure group. Data was gathered through a demographic survey; a world assumptions scale; and two scales measuring perceived social support-family and perceived social support-friends. Results indicated that there were no significant differences between groups on the world assumptions scale. Age at which the traumatic death occurred, relationship to the deceased, and social support from the family significantly related to benevolence of the world. Social support from the family significantly related to perceived self-worth. (Contains 32 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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