An analysis of the fear of death in its relationship to maturity



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In the present study, the relationship of level of maturity and. fear of death was examined. Death fears were measured in their conscious form by the Attitude Toward Own Death Test and at a less conscious level by the high-death conditions of the Story Test. The K scale of the Kime set a Multlphasic Personality Inventory was used to assess maturity levels, and the low-death condition of the Story Test was used as an additional check of this characteristic. The test items were administered to ninety psychiatric patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Houston, Texas. Results satisfied the predicted hypothesis that conscious death fears are inversely related to emotional adaptation as determined by scale K. The own death cluster and K scale appeared to function adequately, while the assessments provided by the Story Test did not replicate previous findings nor support the predicted hypothesis.



Fear of death