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ERIC Number: EJ800335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Life Experience with Death: Relation to Death Attitudes and to the Use of Death-Related Memories
Bluck, Susan; Dirk, Judith; Mackay, Michael M.; Hux, Ashley
Death Studies, v32 n6 p524-549 Jul 2008
The study examines the relation of death experience to death attitudes and to autobiographical memory use. Participants (N = 52) completed standard death attitude measures and wrote narratives about a death-related autobiographical memory and (for comparison) a memory of a low point. Self-ratings of the memory narratives were used to assess their functional use. Results show that higher levels of experience with death were related to lower levels of death anxiety and avoidance. Participants with higher levels of death experience also more frequently used their death-related memories to serve adaptive functions. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida