Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 152–155 | Cite as

Social distance and the dying

  • Richard A. Kalish


To determine the relative degree of avoidance elicited by the dying, a sample of 203 college students were requested to respond to a social distance scale evaluating 14 ethnic and nonethnic groups. Male subjects indicated basically less avoidance than female subjects, and ethnic groups (e.g. Negro, Mexican-American) were less avoided than the nonethnic groups (e.g. drug addict, dying person, alcoholic). A brief discussion of the problems of mental health workers in their own dealings with the dying is presented.


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© Behavioral Publications, Inc. 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Kalish
    • 1
  1. 1.California State College at Los AngelesUSA

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