Staff anxieties about death in residential settings for elderly people


Mr I Robbins Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences Polytechnic South West, Drake Circus Plymouth Devon PL4 8AA, England


This study examined the relationship between death anxiety, the anxiety surrounding dealing practically with dying, and the level of experience of care assistants in residential settings for the elderly It also examined the perception of the officer in charge of the establishment of the care assistants’ level of anxiety Age was the best predictor of both death anxiety and practical anxiety, the two being correlated There was also a difference in perception of staff anxiety as a consequence of ethnic-group membership The implications of this for training and practice are discussed