Title

General beliefs about the world as defensive mechanisms against death anxiety

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying

Publication Date

5-1-2007

Volume

54

Issue

3

First Page

199

Last Page

214

Abstract

Death ideation and death anxiety represent the cognitive and affective dimensions of death attitudes, respectively. General beliefs about the world are proposed to be useful defensive mechanisms protecting persons against the death anxiety provoked by death ideation. SEM is employed to test the proposed mediation model, using a sample of 133 Hong Kong Chinese university students. Results showed that death ideation was significantly and inversely linked to belief in social cynicism, reward for application, and fate control. Moreover, higher levels of belief in fate control and lower levels of religiosity predicted greater death anxiety. Only belief in fate control partially mediated the relationship between death ideation and death anxiety. Discussion focused on how social axioms serve as useful defensive mechanisms against death anxiety.

DOI

10.2190/8NQ6-1420-4347-H1G1

Print ISSN

00302228

E-ISSN

15413764

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Copyright © 2007, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

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Hui, K. Y. V., Bond, M. H., & Ng, T. S. W. (2007). General beliefs about the world as defensive mechanisms against death anxiety. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 54(3), 199-214. doi: 10.2190/8NQ6-1420-4347-H1G1