Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Ashleigh Kysar-Moon, Honors Thesis Advisor
Death is a social and biological reality that affects everyone.However,the effects of death are not uniform. Data for this study were collected from a convenience sample (N=322) through an online survey distributed through social media and email (January and February 2021). The survey utilizes the Death Attitudes Profile –Revised by Wong, Reker, and Gesser (1994) to investigate differences in death attitudes across different demographics including age, gender, and religion. Results show correlations between positive, neutral, and negative death attitudes and the age of respondents, suggesting that negative death attitudes decrease as one ages, and certain types of positive attitudes increase. Additionally, specific forms of death acceptance were found to be associated with gender and religion. These significant results imply that perspectives on death differ across these identities. It is vital to understand these differences so mental health care and end-of-life care can adequately support and serve different populations. Potential explanations for these findings and future research recommendations are discussed.
Year of Submission
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2021 Bekah Bass
Bass, Bekah, ""It all just ends": Death attitudes across age, gender, and religion" (2021). Honors Program Theses. 455.