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Psychosocial processes at the end of life: The relationship between generativity and fear of death


2007 2007

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Erikson (1963) theorized that favorable psychosocial development would lead to lower levels of negative death attitudes and greater acceptance of mortality. This study examined the relationship between resolution of Stage 7 (Generativity vs. Stagnation) and death attitudes in a sample of community-dwelling older adults (60-94). Structural regression models were used to test the relationship between Generativity and Ego Integrity and their relationship to death attitudes. The effect of Generativity on the expression of death attitudes was mediated by Ego Integrity. These relationships were present using both participant reports of Generativity as well as the reports of participant-recommended informants. These findings provide support for the cumulative nature of Erikson's epigenetic theory in later adulthood. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of practical applications for older adults.

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Subject
Psychotherapy;
Social psychology;
Caregivers;
Death & dying;
Attitudes
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Death; End of life; Fear; Generativity; Psychosocial processes
Title
Psychosocial processes at the end of life: The relationship between generativity and fear of death
Author
Bringle, Joshua R.
Number of pages
103
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 68/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Whitbourne, Susan K.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3254912
ProQuest document ID
304845550
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304845550
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