X-Message-Number: 5209
From:  (David Stodolsky)
Subject: Scales for research on psychology of death
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 95 17:47:27 +0100

A majority of studies on the psychology of death use open ended responses
requiring subjective scoring. This makes theoretical progress difficult. 

The following articles present well constructed scales (Kastenbaum, 1992, p. 

Templer, D. I. (1970).
The construction and validation of a Death Anxiety Scale.
J. of General Psychology, 72, 165-166.

Boyar, J. I. (1964).
The construction and partial validation of a scale for the measurement
of the fear of death. 
Dissertation Abstracts, 25, 20-21

Handal, P. J. (1969).
The relationship between subjective life expectancy, death anxiety,
and general anxiety.
J. of Clinical Psychology, 25, 39-42.

Dickstein (1976). Death Concerns Scale:
See Dickstein, L. S. (1977-1978)
Attitudes toward death, anxiety, and social desirability.
Omega: J. of Death and Dying, 8, 369-378.

Consequence's of One's Own Death scale:
Diggory, J. C. & Rothman, D. Z. (1961).
Values destroyed by death.
J. of Abnormal & Social Psychology, 63, 205-210.

Collett, L. & Lester, D. (1969).
Fear of death and fear of dying.
J. of Psychology, 72, 179-181.

Threat Index (cognitive and complex approach based upon Kelly's theory
of 'personal constructs'):
Krieger, S., Epting, F., & Leitner, L. M. (1974).
Personal constructs, threat, and attitudes toward death.
Omega: J. of Death and Dying, 5, 299-310.

Greenberg, et al. (1995) used:

Conte, H. R., Weiner, M. B., & Plutchik, R. (1992)
Measuring death anxiety: Conceptual, psychometric, and factor-analytic
J. of Personality & Social Psychology, 43, 775-785.


David S. Stodolsky      Euromath Center     University of Copenhagen
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