Two Decades of Terror Management Theory: A Meta-Analysis of Mortality Salience Research

@article{Burke2010TwoDO,
  title={Two Decades of Terror Management Theory: A Meta-Analysis of Mortality Salience Research},
  author={Brian L. Burke and Andy Martens and Erik H. Faucher},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  year={2010},
  volume={14},
  pages={155 - 195}
}
A meta-analysis was conducted on empirical trials investigating the mortality salience (MS) hypothesis of terror management theory (TMT). TMT postulates that investment in cultural worldviews and self-esteem serves to buffer the potential for death anxiety; the MS hypothesis states that, as a consequence, accessibility of death-related thought (MS) should instigate increased worldview and self-esteem defense and striving. Overall, 164 articles with 277 experiments were included. MS yielded… 

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