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Community attitudes toward near-death experiences: An Australian study

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In an Australian survey of community attitudes toward near-death experiences (NDEs), 173 respondents were asked to read a hypothetical description of an NDE and to select from a range of explanations that might approximate their own. Fifty-seven percent of the respondents believed the NDE was evidence of life after death, while less than 2 percent believed the NDE was a sign of mental illness. Women, younger persons, and those who professed a belief in life after death were more likely to react positively to the NDE described.

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Kellehear, A., Heaven, P. Community attitudes toward near-death experiences: An Australian study. J Near-Death Stud 7, 165–172 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01074257

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Keywords

  • Mental Illness
  • Young Person
  • Australian Study
  • Community Attitude
  • Australian Survey