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Religious Correlates of Fear of Death

Jon W. Hoelter and Rita J. Epley
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Dec., 1979), pp. 404-411
DOI: 10.2307/1386364
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386364
Page Count: 8
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Religious Correlates of Fear of Death
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Abstract

This research focuses on the relationship of several measures of religiosity with one multidimensional and two unidimensional fear of death scales. Questionnaire data were analyzed for 375 undergraduates at a midwestern university. Results showed that seven of the eight multidimensional fear of death subscales correlated significantly with at least one of the religiosity measures. No significant correlations were found between religiosity and the two unidimensional fear of death scales. Results suggest that religiosity may serve to reduce certain fears of death while increasing other death-related fears, depending on whether the fears are dealt with directly by religious belief.

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