Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to evaluate the effects of certain variables upon death anxiety. The dependent variable was death anxiety scores. Eight independent variables were investigated: 1) gender, 2) classification, 3) college major, 4) religious preference, 5) number of recent deaths of close relatives or friends, 6) anomia, 7) self-esteem, and 8) locus of control. The subjects consisted of 63 freshmen, 52 sophomores, 90 juniors, and 97 seniors who were enrolled at a small university in the Midwest. The total sample consisted of 302 subjects. Five instruments were used: a demographic variable scale constructed by the researcher, Srole's Anomia Scale, Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory (Adult Form), Rotter Internal-External Locus or Control Scale, and Templer Death Anxiety Scale. A status survey design with predetermined and post hoc groupings was employed. A total of five hypotheses was tested. Seven of the eight main effects and one of the 13 two-way interactions tested were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of this study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) Females have more death anxiety than males. 2) There is no difference in the death anxiety scores between females with low and average amounts of anomia. There is a sizable difference between the death anxiety.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1987

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1987 William G. Hermes


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