Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1985

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Cathy Hall

Abstract

The present study inquired into the question of influence of birthdays on mortality in rural Western Kansas. It was hypothesized that dying would be postponed until after a birthday, resulting in significantly increased frequency of deaths after this date and a significant decrease before. Data were collected from obituaries of a local newspaper in issues between January 1, 1980 thru December 31, 1984. A one tailed 1 x 2 Chi Square analysis was performed. The results failed to support the hypothesis in full. Only males, 54 and younger showed a significant dip in the frequency of death before the birthdate and a significant increase after the birthdate.

Rights

Copyright 1985 Cody G. Sparks

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