By Cynthia A. Peveto PhD, Bert Hayslip Jr. PhD
By evaluating the findings from Kalish's and Reynolds's landmark 1970's demise and Ethnicity learn to their very own current learn, Hayslip and Peveto learn the impression of cultural switch on loss of life attitudes.
With a spotlight on African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American subpopulations, with Caucasians taken care of as a comparability crew, the authors come to a number of conclusions, including:
- the shift towards extra curiosity in being educated of one's personal terminal prognosis
- a extra own method of funerals and mourning observances
- a higher specialize in family members and relationships
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The responses were quite similar among the age groups, and for three of the four questions, the youngest group had the smallest proportion stating that it was really unimportant. In their study, age was not a predictor of the probability of the participants’ feeling constrained about expressing grief in public. Although no age-related trend emerged concerning age and public expressions of emotion, the researchers found that younger respondents indicated more willingness to express grief privately through tears than did the elderly respondents.
Kalish and Reynolds (1976) found that older respondents were also significantly more likely to believe in life after death (Y 48%, M 48%, O 64%), although fewer older than younger participants said that they believed in hell. In addition, older respondents were more likely to turn to their clergymen for comfort following his loss of a loved one (Y 19%, M 24%, O 48%). A more recent study by Harley and Firebaugh (1993) examined trends over the past 2 decades in Americans’ beliefs in an afterlife.
Having noted the cohort confound and the necessity of its consideration, Kalish and Reynolds (1976) nonetheless analyzed participants’ responses to survey questions based on categorization by three age groups: 25–39 years old (Young or “Y”), 40–59 years old (Middle-aged or “M”), and 60 years and older (Old or “O”). Each age group contained approximately equal numbers of men and women. Analysis of data revealed that the older the respondents were, the more likely they were to feel themselves religiously devout in comparison with others in their ethnic group (Y 9%, M 17%, O 27%).