Thanatology and terror management theory: Exploring possible synergies

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Abstract

In recent years, death education has become more pervasive, and has been introduced into the mainstream curriculum in different countries. However, one problem in death education is the lack of a firm theoretical foundation. The purpose of the current study is to explore how terror management theory (TMT) can add to death education research and practice. TMT, a sociopsychological theory that focuses on death and psychological defense mechanisms, is a potentially generative framework for death education. Its implications are discussed in the current study. Copyright © 2011 Office of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch studies in education
EditorsDan Stella SHI, Helen LOCKEY, Kai-yan Dustin LAU
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherOffice of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Pages159-167
Volume9
ISBN (Print)9789881982025
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Du, H., & King, R. B. (2011). Thanatology and terror management theory: Exploring possible synergies. In D. S. Shi, H. Lockey, & K.-Y. D. Lau (Eds.), Research studies in education (Vol. 9, pp. 159-167). Hong Kong: Office of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • Death education
  • Terror management theory
  • Cultural worldview
  • Self-esteem

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