Effectiveness of death education: Potential moderators and mediators
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AbstractStudy on effectiveness of death education has yielded mixed findings. However, few studies have tried to explain the mixed results. In view of this, the present study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of death education, and propose several potential moderators and mediators to understand more how death education works. A total of 42 students in a death education course and 55 control group students in a university in Hong Kong, recruited from two cohorts, participated in the present study. Effectiveness of death education was measured in terms of negative death attitude and level of meaning in life. Religiosity and past life events were proposed as potential moderators. It is hypothesized that participants with a higher level of religiosity and without recent grief or loss experience would have lower level of negative death attitude and higher level of meaning in life than other participants. Self-esteem and future time perspective, from Terror Management Theory (TMT) and Socioemotional Selectivity Theory (SST) respectively, were proposed as potential mediators for the effect. Results indicated that participants who were in the death education course had significantly lower negative death attitude and higher level of meaning in life than control group participants. However, no moderating effect was found for religiosity and past life events. No mediating effect was found for self-esteem and future time perspective either. Although this study does not support the proposed moderating and mediating effect, it offers a potential new path to understanding the importance and value of death education.
Acceptance Date28/02/2018
All Author(s) ListWong Tze Kiu, Helene Fung Hoi Lam
Name of ConferenceU.S.-Hong Kong 2018 Conference “Aging across Time and Contexts”
Start Date of Conference19/05/2018
End Date of Conference20/05/2018
Place of ConferenceThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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