Death Anxiety and Death Acceptance: A Preliminary Approach

  title={Death Anxiety and Death Acceptance: A Preliminary Approach},
  author={John J. Ray and Jake M. Najman},
  journal={OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying},
  pages={311 - 315}
  • J. Ray, J. Najman
  • Published 1 January 1975
  • Psychology
  • OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying
Death acceptance is not necessarily the opposite of death anxiety. The two could in fact correlate positively. A third category of “death denial” should also be considered. A new scale to measure death acceptance was devised. It was found to be reliable and, in a group of students, correlated positively (rs = .242 and .263) with two existing death anxiety scales. People can therefore accept death and be anxious about it at the same time. Religious unbelievers were found to be death-acceptant… 

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