Year: 1966 Source: Gerontologist, v.6, (1966), p.73-76 SIEC No: 19840630

The author speculates that subjectively perceived death need not coincide with biological death, & that a variety of conditions, including an individual wanting to die or giving up on life, can be interpreted as social death, psychological death or social immortality. A majority of 105 college student respondents seemed able to accept these types of non-biological death as valid & meaningful. The full significance of these findings needs to be studied. (5 refs.)