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Is death anxiety more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults?
Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2018 Jul - Aug; 77:169-173AG

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether death anxiety is more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults. Participants consisted of community-dwelling older adults (N = 253; 73.1% female) in the southern U.S. Both optimism and pessimism demonstrated a bivariate association with death anxiety; however, when considering optimism and pessimism together-and after controlling for age, gender, physical health, and mental health-optimism was not associated with death anxiety, while pessimism was associated with higher death anxiety. Post hoc analyses found a unique relationship between pessimism and greater fear of the unknown. Perhaps, given the inevitability of death, limiting negative expectancies is more salient to death anxiety than having positive expectancies, and pessimism may be particularly associated with existential and religious concerns.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, United States. Electronic address: Michael.Barnett@unt.edu.Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, United States.Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, United States.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29783138

Citation

Barnett, Michael D., et al. "Is Death Anxiety More Closely Linked With Optimism or Pessimism Among Older Adults?" Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 77, 2018, pp. 169-173.
Barnett MD, Anderson EA, Marsden AD. Is death anxiety more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults? Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2018;77:169-173.
Barnett, M. D., Anderson, E. A., & Marsden, A. D. (2018). Is death anxiety more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults? Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 77, pp. 169-173. doi:10.1016/j.archger.2018.05.003.
Barnett MD, Anderson EA, Marsden AD. Is Death Anxiety More Closely Linked With Optimism or Pessimism Among Older Adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2018;77:169-173. PubMed PMID: 29783138.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Is death anxiety more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults? AU - Barnett,Michael D, AU - Anderson,Ellen A, AU - Marsden,Arthur D,3rd Y1 - 2018/05/18/ PY - 2017/08/31/received PY - 2018/05/02/revised PY - 2018/05/04/accepted PY - 2018/5/22/pubmed PY - 2019/3/19/medline PY - 2018/5/22/entrez KW - Death anxiety KW - Older adults KW - Optimism KW - Pessimism KW - Successful aging SP - 169 EP - 173 JF - Archives of gerontology and geriatrics JO - Arch Gerontol Geriatr VL - 77 N2 - The purpose of this study was to investigate whether death anxiety is more closely linked with optimism or pessimism among older adults. Participants consisted of community-dwelling older adults (N = 253; 73.1% female) in the southern U.S. Both optimism and pessimism demonstrated a bivariate association with death anxiety; however, when considering optimism and pessimism together-and after controlling for age, gender, physical health, and mental health-optimism was not associated with death anxiety, while pessimism was associated with higher death anxiety. Post hoc analyses found a unique relationship between pessimism and greater fear of the unknown. Perhaps, given the inevitability of death, limiting negative expectancies is more salient to death anxiety than having positive expectancies, and pessimism may be particularly associated with existential and religious concerns. SN - 1872-6976 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29783138/Is_death_anxiety_more_closely_linked_with_optimism_or_pessimism_among_older_adults L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0167-4943(18)30078-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -