Death Anxiety, Religiosity and Perception of Terrorism in Different Professions

Author: Afifa Khan

Supervisor: Dr. Aisha Sitwat

Degree: BS

Year: 2006-2010

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The current study aimed to explore the relationship between Death Anxiety and Religiosity and fear of Terrorism in individuals belong to different professions. The study followed Ex-post Facto Retrospective Research Design. The researcher approached different hospitals, schools and universities to collect the sample of different professions (n=150) including Doctors (n=30), Nurses (n=30), Teachers (n=30), Librarians (n=30) and professors (n=30). Professionals who were Muslims and lying within age range of 25 to 64 years were recruited. Majority of the sample belongs to middle and upper socioeconomic status class. Scale of Leming fear of Death Anxiety Scale was used to measure death anxiety; Religious Activity Scale was used to measure the level of religiosity; Indigenous Islamic Belief Questionnaire was used to assess the level of beliefs regarding religion and finally Terrorism Catastrophing Scale was used to measure the fear of terrorism among the participants. Descriptive analysis was run for the demographic variables test to find out the comparison between the middle and upper socioeconomic status class and finally Pearson Product Momentary Correlation Coefficient was run to find out the relationship between death anxiety and religiosity regarding terrorism among participants with different socioeconomic class.

Keywords: Death anxiety, Religiosity, Terrorism, Professionals.

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