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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathy Tinius, EdD (Texas Woman's University)
Description: This book outlines the findings of a current study focused on the cultural change in death attitudes and compares the findings to the 1970 Kalish and Reynolds's Death and Ethnicity Study.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a detailed summary of the earlier study and offer a follow-up study on how much American attitudes toward death have been changing. The objectives are worthy and the book meets the objectives through data analysis and broad findings.
Audience: This book is written primarily for researchers, educators, and service providers interested in death-related issues. However, sociologists, anthropologists, and others studying culture will find the research informative. The authors are respected psychologists and credible authorities in the field.
Features: The book examines the impact of cultural change on death attitudes by focusing on African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American subpopulations with Caucasians as the comparison group. Appendix A, Summary of Results by Ethnicity, Age, and Gender for the Present Study is very informative.
Assessment: The book is well written and serves as a useful resource to those working with death related issues. The extensive references provide additional resources.