Death anxiety and religious belief: A research note

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Alison M. Jorajuria
Craig J. Forsyth
Rhonda d. Evans


This study assessed the contribution of religious beliefs in moderating the effect of death anxiety on forty five (45) subjects who were diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease {ALS). Subjects were administered the Templer Death Anxiety Scale and the Shepherd Christianity Questionnaire. Results indicate an inverse relationship between religious beliefs and death anxiety. The age and gender of each respondent was also examined to see if there was a correlation with death anxiety. Neither of these variables produced statistically significant effects on death anxiety.

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