Investigating the effect religiosity and age has on death anxiety

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Authors
Markey, Eve
Issue Date
2007
Degree
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
This study aims to examine the relationship between religiosity and death anxiety, namely to test the hypoFinal Year Project that higher rates of religiosity will decrease the level of death anxiety. The second hypoFinal Year Project states that there will be a different level of death anxiety between the three different age groups. This study consisted of 96 participants. The main materials that were used were booklets containing ‘The Francis Scale of Attitude Towards Christianity’, ‘Templers Death Anxiety Scale’, and the ‘Eysenck Personality Questionnaire – Short Scale’. This study is a quantitative cross sectional between subjects survey design. The predictor variables were religiosity and age. The criterion variable was death anxiety. One weakness of this study is the unequal distribution of ages in each sample. A positive element of the study was the use of the ‘Francis Scale of Attitude Towards Christianity Scale’, which measured religiosity on a number of different constructs. A Pearson’s r correlation test was conducted and yielded statistical significant positive relationship between death anxiety and religiosity, (r = .372, p < 0.05, 1- tailed).
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