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Death anxiety resilience; a mixed methods investigation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-651
Number of pages17
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date12 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


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.

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

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