Death Anxiety: An Analysis of an Evolving Concept

Rebecca Helen Lehto, Karen Farchaus Stein
2009 Research and Theory for Nursing Practice  
This article identifies defining attributes, antecedents, and consequences of the concept of death anxiety using Rodgers (2000) evolutionary method of concept analysis. The literature on death anxiety was systematically reviewed for the years 1980–2007. Articles were summarized and coded. Inductive data analyses resulted in defining attributes (emotion, cognitive, experiential, developmental, sociocultural shaping, and source of motivation), antecedents (stressful environments and the
more » ... of unpredictable circumstances, diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or the experience of a life-threatening event, and experiences with death and dying), and consequences (adaptive and maladaptive presentations). Results are important because little systematic inquiry of death anxiety exists in nursing literature.
doi:10.1891/1541-6577.23.1.23 pmid:19418886 fatcat:m4g5muwm4fhafiqnwbrbfuctwu