Fear of personal death: Attribution, structure, and relation to religious belief

Victor Florian, Shlomo Kravetz

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Hypothesized that individuals attribute the fear of their own death to the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal consequences of human mortality. A multidimensional measure of fear of personal death was constructed and administered together with an index of Jewish belief and practice to 178 18-30 yr old males. Principal-components factor analysis of this measure uncovered a factor structure that paralleled the hypothesized aspects of fear of personal death. This factor structure reflected quantitative differences between persons characterized by varying degrees of religious commitment. (36 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-607
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1983


  • factor structure &
  • fear of personal death &
  • its attribution &
  • relation to religious beliefs, 18-30 yr old Jewish males


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