Year: 1981 Source: Omega, v.12, no.3, (1981-1982), p.269-280 SIEC No: 19821045

This paper begins with a theoretical elaboration of individualism & argues its development is associated with an emergent death ideology emphasizing personal control. In 2 national samples we found attitudes toward suicide, abortion, & the right to die scale undimensionally & we proceeded to demonstrate how the indices of individualism were the best predictors of one’s position on this scale. This article suggests a potential research domain which mixes psychoanalytical thought and death.