Cultural Changes in Attitudes Toward Death, Dying, and Bereavement

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Hayslip and Peveto compare the findings from the landmark 1970s Kalish and Reynolds' Death and Ethnicity Study to their own present study and examine the impact of cultural change on death attitudes. Focusing on African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American subpopulations with Caucasians treated as a comparison group, the authors explore to what extent what we knew 30 years ago holds up to the present. Detailed comparisons are made between the results of the earlier Kalish-Reynolds study and the authors' own recent findings. Several broad findings include: the shift toward more interest in being informed of one's own terminal prognosis, a more personal approach to funerals and mourning observances, and a greater focus on family and relationships. This book is must reading for researchers, educators, and students interested in death-related studies.

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826127969
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/18/2004
  • Series: Springer Series on Death and Suicide
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Hayslip, Jr., PhD, received his doctorate in Experimental Developmental Psychology from the University of Akron in 1975. After teaching at Hood College in Frederick, MD for three years, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas, where he is now Regents Professor of Psychology. Dr. Hayslip is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has held research grants from the National Institute on Aging, The Hilgenfeld Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His published research deals with cognitive processes in aging, interventions to enhance cognitive functioning in later life, personality-ability interrelationships in aged persons, grandparents who raise their grandchildren, grief and bereavement, hospice care, death anxiety, and mental health and aging.

Cynthia A. Peveto, PhD, graduated from the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences with a degree in Occupational Therapy, completed a doctorate in Human Anatomy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Southern Methodist University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in college counseling and bereavement therapy.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
• An Overview of the Death-Ethnicity Relationship: Kalish and Reynolds
• Factors Influencing Death Attitudes: Kalish and Reynolds
• The Impact of Cultural Change on Death Attitudes
• The Present Study
• Analysis of Findings: Instrastudy Variability
• Analysis of Findings: Interstudy Variability
• Hypothesis Regarding Interstudy and Intrastudy Variability
• Discussion
Appendix A: Summary of Results by Ethnicity, Age, and Gender for the Present Study
Appendix B: Chi Square Comparisons of Kalish and Reynolds' Study With the Present Study's Results on Seleted Items

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