Who Is Afraid of Death? Religiousness, Spirituality, and Death Anxiety in Late Adulthood

  title={Who Is Afraid of Death? Religiousness, Spirituality, and Death Anxiety in Late Adulthood},
  author={P. Wink},
  journal={Journal of Religion, Spirituality \& Aging},
  pages={110 - 93}
  • P. Wink
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
SUMMARY Data from a sample of predominantly white, Christian men and women born in Northern California in the 1920s (N = 155) were used to test the hypothesis that traditional, church-centered religiousness and de-institutionalized spiritual seeking exemplify distinct, but equally adaptive, ways of approaching fear of death in old age. Although both religiousness and spirituality were related to positive psychosocial functioning (an integrated identity and involvement in everyday activities… Expand
Death Anxiety Among New Zealanders: The Predictive Roles of Religion, Spirituality, and Family Connection
The findings show that strong religious beliefs significantly predict higher levels of death anxiety compared to participants with strong spiritual beliefs, and this is probably due to the cultural identity of those sampled. Expand
Religion as Moderator of the Sense of Control–Health Connection: Gender Differences
ABSTRACT Objectives. Sense of personal control is a key marker of successful aging, yet little is known about its relation to religiousness and personal adversity among older adults. This studyExpand
Spirituality as a Lived Experience: Exploring the Essence of Spirituality for Women in Late Life
  • Lydia K Manning
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International journal of aging & human development
  • 2012
For the women in this study, the essence of their spirituality lies in: being profoundly grateful; engaging in complete acceptance; and having a strong sense of assuredness, while stressing the linkages and importance of spirituality. Expand
Religiosity, Spirituality, and Death Anxiety Among Filipino Older Adults: A Correlational Study.
It is suggested that assessing spirituality and religiosity of this age group can inform nurses to engage in quality nursing practice, by affirming the vulnerability, and preserving the personhood of older persons as they near their end-of-life. Expand
Relationship Between Religious Spiritual Well-Being and Death Anxiety in Iranian Elders
There were significant association between Hope Transcendent (HT), and Experiences of Sense and Meaning (SM) subscales of MI RSWB 48 and the ASDA, and present results can be considered in the religious spiritual oriented interventions for reducing of death anxiety for elders in Muslim countries. Expand
Measuring Spirituality, Religiosity, and Denial in Individuals Working in Funeral Service to Predict Death Anxiety
Results indicated that spirituality along with age of the participants accounted for 19% of the variance of death anxiety, and several items in the model had a significant positive correlation with each other at the .01 alpha level. Expand
Examination of the Relationship among Death Anxiety, Spirituality, Religious Orientation and Existential Anxiety
In this study, the associations among death anxiety, spiritual tendencies, existential anxiety, and religious tendencies were examined. In addition, this study investigated whether these variablesExpand
Spirituality , Death Anxiety , Transliminality among Middle Aged Adults
Introduction: Spirituality connotes the self‟s existential search for ultimate meaning through an individualized understanding of the sacred (Atchley, 1997; Roof, 1993, 1999; Tillich, 1963). DeathExpand
Motivations driving spiritual engagement based on a phenomenological study of spirituality amongst palliative care clients and caregivers
Objective: The attention given to spirituality has dramatically increased, especially in contemporary western society, because of its significant link to good health and well-being. Spirituality hasExpand
Religiosity and Fear of Death among the Christian Community Case study of Mandi Bahauddin District in the Punjab province of Pakistan
Aim to conduct this study is to find the Attitude of Christian towards Death. It is observed that elderly population has more concerned to death due to their increasing age. Researcher used PrimaryExpand


Does religiousness buffer against the fear of death and dying in late adulthood? Findings from a longitudinal study.
  • P. Wink, Julia E. Scott
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
  • 2005
The findings support the hypothesis that firmness and consistency of beliefs and practices, rather than religiousness per se, buffers against death anxiety in old age. Expand
Is Spirituality Detrimental to Generativity
This article examines the relations between religiousness, spirituality, and generativity (concern for the welfare of future generations) in late adulthood using longitudinal life-course data.Expand
Religiousness, spirituality, and psychosocial functioning in late adulthood: findings from a longitudinal study.
In late adulthood, religiousness was positively related to well-being from positive relations with others, involvement in social and community life tasks, and generativity. Expand
After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s
The evolution of American spirituality over the past fifty years is the subject of Robert Wuthnow's engrossing new book. Wuthnow uses in-depth interviews and a broad range of resource materials toExpand
Religiosity and Death Anxiety: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis
Theoretical and empirical studies of religion's effects on human frustration and anxiety are reviewed. The multi-dimensionality of death anxiety is discussed in relationship to studies employingExpand
Religion and Death: A Test of Homans' Thesis
This article tests George Homans' contention that religion arouses a sense of anxiety concerning death and then alleviates the anxiety it creates. Data were collected on 372 participants who wereExpand
The psychology of religion and spirituality? Yes and no.
This article considers the question of whether our field should relabel itself the psychology of religion and spirituality. The meanings of religion and spirituality appear to be evolving. ReligionExpand
Assessing and Measuring Spirituality: Confronting Dilemmas of Universal and Particular Evaluative Criteria
The spirituality of humanity is increasingly acknowledged, but it is variously defined and interpreted because of the diverse normative frames of reference for evaluations. Many of these are basedExpand
Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion
In large chain bookstores the "religion" section is gone and in its place is an expanding number of topics including angels, Sufism, journey, recovery, meditation, magic, inspiration, Judaica,Expand
The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On DeathExpand