The near-death experience: Knowledge and attitudes of college students

2001 Journal of Near-Death Studies  
There is a considerable literature documenting the effects of a near-death experience (NDE) on persons who actually undergo the experi ence, in terms of their attitudes and opinions about NDEs. However, inves tigations of how much nonexperiencers know about NDEs and their attitudes towards them are in short supply. This study examined the relationship in people who have not had an NDE between attitudes toward and knowledge of near-death experiences. Subjects were undergraduate students, with a
more » ... ean age of 32 years. The Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Ques tionnaire was employed to assess attitudes toward and knowledge of NDEs. Results indicated that both knowledge and attitudes were relatively normally distributed, and that level of knowledge significantly predicted attitudes to wards NDEs, accounting for 34 percent of the common variance. KEY WORDS: knowledge of near-death experiences; attitudes to near-death experiences. Since ancient times it has been recognized that people who expe rience a brush with death sometimes report profound and unusual phenomena. Raymond Moody (1975) labeled this complex collection of subjective changes the near-death experience (NDE). In the early 1970s, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross began a public discussion about the existence of near-death phenomena, doing more to arouse public acceptance and cu riosity about NDEs than any other single figure (Walker and Serdahely,
doi:10.17514/jnds-2001-19-4-p227-232. fatcat:dv2hcsdvrvaabjvqk3azbc5vra