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Personifications of personal and typical death as related to death attitudes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18680888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present article examined differences in personifications of personal and typical death as a function of attitudes about death. Ninety-eight students enrolled in psychology classes were randomly assigned to personify death as a character in a movie depicting either their own deathbed scene or the deathbed scene of the typical person prior to completing the Death Attitude Profile-Revised. The results supported the conceptual distinction between attitudes about personal death and death in general. Participants in the personal death condition personified death more frequently as a gentle-comforting image and less frequently as a cold-remote image than did participants in the typical death condition. The results also further validated the relation between personifications of death and death attitudes. Across both conditions, participants who selected the grim-terrifying image reported more fear of death and death avoidance; whereas, participants who selected the cold-remote or robot-like images reported more neutral acceptance.
Jonathan F Bassett; Polly A McCann; Kelly L Cate
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Omega     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0030-2228     ISO Abbreviation:  Omega (Westport)     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-06     Completed Date:  2008-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272106     Medline TA:  Omega (Westport)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina 29649, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology*
Attitude to Death*
Motion Pictures as Topic
Students / psychology*

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