Religious factors affecting death anxiety in older adults practicing Hinduism

Lamba, Nishtha ORCID logoORCID:, Bhatia, Aditi, Shrivastava, Anita and Raghavan, Archana (2022) Religious factors affecting death anxiety in older adults practicing Hinduism. Death Studies, 46 (8) . pp. 1973-1981. ISSN 0748-1187 [Article] (doi:10.1080/07481187.2021.1876789)

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The aim of the study was to examine the influence of religion on death anxiety in older adults (N = 105) practicing Hinduism and visiting the Kumbh pilgrimage. Standardized questionnaires and brief interviews were administered in participants' native language. Pilgrims with higher religiosity had lower death anxiety compared to pilgrims with lower religiosity. Greater belief in the cycle of rebirth, an increased presence of meaning in life, and less continued search of meaning in life were significantly associated with lower death anxiety. The findings provide support for incorporating religious and spiritual awareness for older adults in community health settings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Developmental and Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 32202
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Death Studies on 12/02/2021, available online:
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 09:35
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 21:43

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