Multidimensional treatment of fear of death

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Abstract

Conducted research to provide a multidimensional conceptualization of fear of death and to develop a factor analytic scale for its measurement. Questionnaire data were collected from 375 undergraduates. Based on previous work and the results of factor analysis, 8 fear of death dimensions are proposed: fear of the dying process, fear of the dead, fear of being destroyed, fear for significant others, fear of the unknown, fear of conscious death, fear for body after death, and fear of premature death. The mean reliability coefficient for the proposed subscales was .75. Some initial evidence for construct validity was presented by a test of one aspect of the theoretically expected relation between fear of death and religiosity. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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