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, 30 (10), 919-29

Differential Dimensions of Death Anxiety in Nursing Students With and Without Nursing Experience

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Differential Dimensions of Death Anxiety in Nursing Students With and Without Nursing Experience

Yi-Chuen Chen et al. Death Stud.

Abstract

Researchers have demonstrated death anxiety in nursing professionals; however, it is unclear as to when this anxiety develops. This study used a multidimensional measure to investigate death anxiety in a group of experienced (n = 53) and inexperienced (n = 49) nursing students and a control group of non-nursing students (n = 50). Experienced nursing students reported significantly more fear of the dying process than inexperienced nursing students and controls whereas both experienced and inexperienced nursing students reported more fear of the unknown than controls. The results suggest that death anxiety may develop early in a nurse's training.

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