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Contact with the Dead, Religion, and Death Anxiety among Older Mexican Americans

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Krause, Neal, and E. Bastida. 2012. "Contact with the Dead, Religion, and Death Anxiety among Older Mexican Americans." Death Studies, 36(10): 932-948.

The purpose of this study is to see if contact with the dead is associated with lower death anxiety among older Mexican Americans. The data come from a nationwide survey of older Mexican Americans (N = 1,005). The study model specifies that (a) older Mexican Americans who have experienced contact with the dead are more likely to see the connectedness that exists among all people; (b) seeing that all people are one promotes feelings of grateful to God; (c) gratitude toward God is, in turn, associated with lower death anxiety. The findings support each of these relationships.

DOI:10.1080/07481187.2011.604468 (Full Text)

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