State anxiety effects on counselor perceptions of dying stages

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Abstract

Investigated the moderating effect of high and low anxiety on counselor perception of stages of dying. After completing the A-State scale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, 31 college students (most of whom were graduate students) enrolled in a death and dying seminar observed a terminally ill speaker. At the completion of the presentation, Ss rated the presenter on denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and hope. As hypothesized, results indicate that high-anxious Ss, when compared with low-anxious ones, perceived the speaker as more denying, more angry, less accepting, and less hopeful. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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