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Death Attitudes Among Middle-Aged Koreans: Role of End-of-Life Care Planning and Death Experiences

Title
Death Attitudes Among Middle-Aged Koreans: Role of End-of-Life Care Planning and Death Experiences
Authors
Hong, MichinHong, SeunghyeAdamek, Margaret E.Kim, Mee Hye
Ewha Authors
김미혜
SCOPUS Author ID
김미혜scopus
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AGING & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
ISSN
0091-4150JCR Link1541-3535JCR Link
Citation
vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 51 - 68
Keywords
death attitudesdeath experiencesend-of-life care planninglife satisfactionmiddle-aged adults
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine factors affecting death attitudes among middle-aged Koreans. In addition, the study explored the interaction effect between knowledge about end-of-life care planning and the experience of death of family or friends on death attitudes. The sample was obtained from a national survey with middle-aged adults in South Korea (n=2,026). Multivariate regression analysis revealed significant main effects and an interaction effect between knowledge about end-of-life care planning and the experience of death on death attitudes. Greater knowledge of end-of-life care planning was associated with more positive attitudes toward death; however, the effect was stronger for those who had not experienced the death of family or friends. Being older and having greater life satisfaction were also associated with more positive attitudes toward death. This study suggests that end-of-life education can help middle-aged adults embrace the final stage of life and prepare for their own death.
DOI
10.1177/0091415016689473
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