Death across the Lifespan: Age Differences in Death-Related Thoughts and Anxiety

TitleDeath across the Lifespan: Age Differences in Death-Related Thoughts and Anxiety
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChopik, WJ
JournalDeath Studies
Volume41
Issue2
Pagination69-77
Date PublishedJun-08-2018
ISSN Number0748-1187
KeywordsAge differences, Anxiety, Death & Dying, Older Adults, Self-reported health
Abstract

Many studies have found age-related declines in death-related anxiety. Why do death-related thoughts and anxiety decline across the lifespan when exposure to, and likelihood of, death increase over time? In Study 1, a cross-sectional survey of 2,363 adults, death-related thoughts declined across the lifespan. In Study 2, a longitudinal study of 9,815 adults followed over a four-year period, death anxiety declined across the lifespan. Further, greater social support predicted lower levels of death anxiety over time, after controlling for self-rated health and chronic illnesses. Close relationships serve emotion regulation functions to decrease death anxiety and thoughts across the lifespan.

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07481187.2016.1206997
DOI10.1080/07481187.2016.1206997
Short TitleDeath Studies
Citation Key8592
PubMed ID27573253