Deathbed scene narratives: A construct and linguistic analysis

Jonathan W. Evans, Andrew S Walters, Marjorie L. Hatch-Woodruff

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The present study explored temporal and self/other dimensions of death attitudes among young adults. One hundred seventy-two undergraduate students were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 conditions: writing about one's death (age unspecified), one's death as a young adult, the death of another (age unspecified), or the death of other as a young adult. Results indicated that the death of another, but not of oneself, was associated with more realistic considerations of death (e.g., pain, negative emotions). In addition, participants who wrote about death at an early age were less likely to describe their own deaths with negative emotion or to discuss physiological aspects of death and were less likely to express romanticized notions of death. Implications of these results for death anxiety research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-733
Number of pages19
JournalDeath Studies
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Linguistics
linguistics
death
narrative
young adult
Young Adult
Linguistic Analysis
Emotions
emotion
pain
Anxiety
Students
anxiety
Pain

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Deathbed scene narratives : A construct and linguistic analysis. / Evans, Jonathan W.; Walters, Andrew S; Hatch-Woodruff, Marjorie L.

In: Death Studies, Vol. 23, No. 8, 12.1999, p. 715-733.

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Evans, Jonathan W. ; Walters, Andrew S ; Hatch-Woodruff, Marjorie L. / Deathbed scene narratives : A construct and linguistic analysis. In: Death Studies. 1999 ; Vol. 23, No. 8. pp. 715-733.
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