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Death preparation and anxiety: A survey in Hong Kong

By THY Chan, CLW Chan, AYM Chow, FMY Chan and AF Tin


This study reports the results of a survey on death preparation, death-related beliefs, and death anxiety in a Hong Kong sample. Respondents (N=285) recruited from the community were asked if they have prepared for themselves a life insurance, a will, and a resting place (e.g. burial site, columbarium, etc.). Questions about their death-related cultural beliefs and anxiety were also asked. Results indicated that respondents who have thought of preparing for their own deaths but not yet acted out (contemplators) held stronger traditional cultural beliefs about death than respondents who have either done the preparations (planners) or never thought of the idea (non-contemplators). Contemplators also reported higher death anxiety Despite limitations of the study's design, the current results suggest the beliefs in cultural taboo may play a role in the preparation for one's death. © 2006, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.link_to_subscribed_fulltex

Publisher: 'Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.'
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.2190/6478-6572-V704-1545
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