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The Relationship Between Ego Integrity and Death Attitudes in Older Adults
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages: 7-15
Received: Jan. 24, 2013; Published: Jan. 20, 2013
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Daniel W. Parker, Ave Maria University, San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua
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This study investigates how one’s ability to accept the past contributes to death attitudes within the elderly population. 115 individuals (47 men and 68 women) participated by filling out self-report questionnaire packets collected from a variety of residential settings. The Death Attitudes Profile – Revised (DAP-R) was used to assess the individuals attitude towards death and the Ability to Accept the Past scale (ACPAST) was used as a measure of ego integrity. A linear regression analysis was used to determine the predictive relationship between the two variables. The results indicate that scores on the ACPAST are significant predictors of DAP-R subscales Neutral Acceptance Fear of Death and Death Avoidance. The results did not show a significant relationship between the scores on the ACPAST and the DAP-R subscales Approach Acceptance or Escape Acceptance. Thus, the ability to accept the past was a significant predictor of Fear of Death, Death Avoidance, and Neutral Acceptance. Yet, accepting the past was not a significant predictor of Approach Acceptance or Escape Acceptance.
Keywords
Death Attitudes, Psychotherapy, Geropsychology, Ego Integrity
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Daniel W. Parker, The Relationship Between Ego Integrity and Death Attitudes in Older Adults, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013, pp. 7-15. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20130201.12
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