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DOI: 10.14704/Nq.2022.20.17.NQ88002

Death Anxiety and Resilience in Elderly

Ms. Tanya Alagh, Dr. Rinu Chaturvedi

Abstract

Old age is characterized by a gradual decline in both the physical and mental capacities of an individual, which are also accompanied by significant developmental transitions such as loss of autonomy, retirement and death of family and friends. These changes are also thought to contribute to their death anxiety and resilience levels, in addition. The levels of death anxiety and resilience among old age people has been studied. 60 samples were taken from the age group of 65-75 years (30 males and 30 females) from the urban areas of Delhi. Fear of Personal Death Scale by Dr. M. Rajamanickam (1999) and Resilience Scale by Dr Vijaya Lakshmi and Dr Shruti Narain (2017) were used to evaluate death anxiety and resilience respectively among the elderly. Results indicate low fear or absence of fear of personal death in old age (Mean=101.72, SD=15.77), with average levels of resilience (Mean=107.12, SD=8.56). The levels of death anxiety have been found to have a negative correlation with the fear of personal death thus indicating that these variables are inversely correlated in old age persons. No significant gender difference has been found among old age males and females. The findings of the study may be extended to developing greater acceptance in old age related to the concept of death and building a more supportive environment for the aged.

Keywords

old age, death, death anxiety, resilience, development, ageing

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