An attitudinal survey of euthanasia in Windward Oahu. A cross-sectional pilot study of four age groups

Hawaii Med J. 1996 Dec;55(12):265-9.


Exploring the attitudes of 185 respondents toward euthanasia, this 1990 cross-sectional pilot study utilized 12 survey questions addressing participants' demographic profiles and 18 focusing on: abortion; capital punishment; euthanasia; sterilization; and suicide. Cross-tabulation of structural, behavioral and attitudinal variables revealed age and education were the key factors in this study's finding that the greater a person's life experience, the more favorable one's attitude toward euthanasia.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Euthanasia / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Euthanasia / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hawaii
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects