Individualism and the Emerging “Modern” Ideology of Death
Kearl M C~~Harris R
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.