Attitude Toward Death in Healthy People and Patients With Diabetes and Cancer

authors:

avatar Masoumeh Nozari 1 , * , avatar Yarali Dousti 1

Dept. of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Sari Branch, Sari, Iran

how to cite: Nozari M, Dousti Y. Attitude Toward Death in Healthy People and Patients With Diabetes and Cancer. Int J Cancer Manag. 2013;6(2):e80406.

Abstract

Background: A person's beliefs can influence the progression of his/her disease; and battling an illness can trigger severe anxiety about death. This study aims to compare the attitude toward death between healthy people and those suffering from diabetes and cancer.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 300 individuals were selected by convenient sampling method. Three groups were matched by gender, age, education, and monthly income. Information was collected through a Death Attitude Profile-Revised (DAPR) questionnaire and Analyzed Via Covariance (ANCOVA).
Results: The results indicated no difference in death attitude among the three groups (f=2.705, p<0.05). All the three groups displayed a higher mean in neutral and approach acceptance.
Conclusion: In this study, it was found that disease did not seem to change death attitudes; rather the patients' current attitude had been shaped by previous stages of their sickness.

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