Death anxiety resilience; a mixed methods investigation

Mark Hoelterhoff, Man Cheung Chung

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Abstract

Research was conducted examining how death anxiety influenced PTSD and mental health among people who have experienced a life-threatening event. This study was conducted using undergraduate university students in Lithuania. The study used a mixed-method design and in phase 1, participants (N = 97) completed self-report questionnaires that gathered information on demographics, death anxiety, trauma and well-being. Data indicated a significant correlation between death anxiety and PTSD, but not psychiatric co-morbidity. Phase 2 attempted to further explore the phenomenological experience of participants with full PTSD, and 6 semi-structured interviews were conducted. IPA analysis found three major themes in response to the life-threatening event; self-efficacy, religious coping and existential attitude. Overall these coping mechanisms allowed participants to develop resilience against the effects of death anxiety and minimize its negative impact on mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-651
Number of pages17
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Volume88
Issue number3
Early online date12 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • death anxiety
  • PTSD
  • self-efficacy
  • religious coping
  • existential

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