Year: 1998 Source: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, v.37, no.3, (September 1998), p.411-426 SIEC No: 20010282

Researchers have consistently found blacks are more opposed to legalizing voluntary euthanasia than are whites. Theories attribute the difference to either a difference between the 2 groups’ levels of fundamentalism or to a difference between the 2 groups’ levels of fear regarding giving others the power to end one’s life. Data from the General Social Survey & the Ohio Death & Dying Survey were used to examine to what extent these 2 variables along with socioeconomic status & political conservatism account for blacks’ greater opposition to legalizing euthanasia. An exploratory structural equation model suggested all 4 variables were important in explaining the differences found between the two groups. (40 refs.)