Choosing a Place of Death: The Influence of Pain and of Attitude Toward Death1

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    This study was made possible by the participation of the following associations: FADOC de Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches; La Maison des Aînés de Lévis; Les Rendez-Vous de I'Amitié de St-Rodrigue; Chevaliers de Colomb Retraités de Montmorency; Club de l'Âge d'or de L'Ancienne Lorette; and Association des Aînés Dynamiques du Québec.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Isabelle Martineau, Faculty of Nursing, Pavilion Paul Comtois, Université Laval, Québec PQ, G1K 7P4, Canada. E-mail: Isabelle.Martineau@fsi.ulavalca

Abstract

This experimental study sought to verify if factors like pain or attitude toward death can determine the choice of a place of death. Using a questionnaire developed from Triandis’(1980) theory, the influence of pain on the intention of choosing a place of death was measured among 138 respondents. “Attitude toward death,” used as a control variable, was measured by means of the Death Attitude Profile. Variance analyses (p < .008) demonstrated the influence of pain on intention of choosing a place of death and on the cognitive component. Linear regression (p leqslant R: less-than-or-eq, slant .002) highlighted 2 determinants of intention of choosing a place of death: moral norm and social role. As for attitude toward death, it seems to have no influence on the choice of a place of death.

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