Dennis Wagner

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

James Craig, Leroy Metze, Dorsey Grice

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


A sample of the general population from a small mid-South town was divided according to orthodoxy, devotionalism, denomination and denominational upbringing. Degree of death anxiety was assessed by the Templer Death Anxiety Scale. A multiple regression analysis of the data indicated that non-orthodox individuals or individuals having no religious affiliation had significantly lower death anxiety than their heterodox or religiously affiliated counterparts. Devotionalism, denomination and denominational upbringing were not significantly related to death anxiety. Several covariates were found to be related to death anxiety: death of a family member or friend (within one year), education, and father living or dead. Though these variables may suggest future research and clinical implication they were not significant enough to act as predictors of death anxiety.


Psychology | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences