Death anxiety and its role in psychopathology: reviewing the status of a transdiagnostic construct.

  title={Death anxiety and its role in psychopathology: reviewing the status of a transdiagnostic construct.},
  author={Lisa Iverach and Ross G. Menzies and Rachel E. Menzies},
  journal={Clinical psychology review},
  volume={34 7},

Social Anxiety Disorder and the Fear of Death: An Empirical Investigation of the Terror Management Approach towards Understanding Clinical Anxiety

Background Emerging evidence suggests that death anxiety is an important transdiagnostic construct underlying a range of psychological disorders. Terror Management Theory (TMT) is currently the

The development and validation of the Death Anxiety Beliefs and Behaviours Scale.

The present data indicate that the DABBS is a valid and reliable measure of affect, beliefs and behaviours relating to death anxiety, in a community sample of adults and among those seeking mental health treatment.

Death anxiety and its association with severity of mental illness in patients with depression and schizophrenia

There was a significant relationship between the severity of symptoms and death anxiety in both depressed and schizophrenic patients, however, the latter showed a more negative attitude towards death.

Meaning in life, psychological hardiness and death anxiety: individuals with or without generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a widespread psychiatric disorder. According to the transdiagnostic approach, death anxiety can underpin predominantly somatic manifestations of GAD. Personal

Death Anxiety and Its Relationship With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The studies presented in this article explored the relevance of death fears to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by using the mortality salience (MS) paradigm to examine whether experimentally manipulated death cognitions exacerbate compulsive cleaning behaviors among OCD washers.

Death Anxiety, Religiosity and Culture: Implications for Therapeutic Process and Future Research

Death anxiety is a common phenomenon that humans experience. It is multidimensional. There has been an upsurged interest around the discussion on death anxiety across the globe, however, much of the

Discovering the Factors Affecting of death anxiety in women with panic disorder and strategies to deal with it

Aim and Background: Death anxiety plays an important role in panic disorder. Women with panic disorder experience higher death anxiety than other types of anxiety disorders. The purpose of this study

Death anxiety in the time of COVID-19: theoretical explanations and clinical implications

It is argued that treatment programmes in mental health may need to broaden their focus to directly target the dread of death, and that complementing current treatments with specific CBT techniques addressing fears of death may ensure enhanced long-term symptom reduction.

Are anxiety disorders a pathway to obsessive-compulsive disorder? Different trajectories of OCD and the role of death anxiety

Findings support the argument that death anxiety may influence the trajectory towards OCD, and the comorbidity among anxiety-related disorders, but further research is needed to clarify whether death anxiety plays a causal role in this trajectory.

OCD, death anxiety, and attachment: what’s love got to do with it?

Whether attachment style moderates the relationship between death anxiety and OCD symptoms among a treatment-seeking sample of individuals diagnosed with OCD is explored to add further support to the role of death anxiety in OCD.



Death Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

Over the years, there has been a considerable amount of psychological research focused on death anxiety. However, little attention has been given to clinical aspects of this problem. This paper

A Terror Management Perspective on the Role of Death-Related Anxiety in Psychological Dysfunction

Building on previous existential theorizing, terror management theory provides a unique approach to conceptualizing the development, maintenance, and impact of psychological disorders. The theory

The Factors Contributing to Death Anxiety in Cancer Patients

Investigation of the relationship between death anxiety and its correlates in cancer patients found death anxiety was associated with anxiety, depressive symptoms, and beliefs about what will happen after death.

Relationship of Death Anxiety Scale Factors to Subjective States

The purpose of the present research was to determine the relationships between the factors of Templer's Death Anxiety Scale and a number of measures of subjective state. Previous research had

Perfectionism as a transdiagnostic process: a clinical review.

Initial validation of the Death and Dying Distress Scale for the assessment of death anxiety in patients with advanced cancer.


In the course of treatment of hypochondriasis and panic disorder, greater attention should be paid to the perception of body, attitude towards death, and fear of body and death.

Rumination as a transdiagnostic factor in depression and anxiety.

Fear of Death in Hypochondriasis: Bodily Threat and Its Treatment Implications

Relevant treatment strategies are outlined, with treatment goals including an adoption of the non-threatening perception of one’s body, modification of attitudes and beliefs related to health, illness and death which heightenFear of death, and substantial alleviation or elimination of the pathological fear of death.

Measuring death anxiety: conceptual, psychometric, and factor-analytic aspects.

Recommendations for future research include an investigation of the degree to which scores on these four dimensions might differentiate among different sex, age, personality, affective, and diagnostic groupings.