Comparison of Attitudes Toward Death Between University Students Who Receive Nursing Education and Who Receive Religious Education

  • Ayse Berivan Bakan
  • Senay Karadag Arli
Original Paper


This study aims to compare attitudes toward death between university students who receive nursing education and who receive religious education. This study is cross-sectional in nature. It was conducted with the participation of 197 university students in a university located in the Eastern part of Turkey between June and August, 2017. Data were collected using the socio-demographic form and Turkish form of Death Attitudes Profile-Revised. Of all the students participating in the study, 52.8% received nursing education and 47.2% received religious education. It was found that majority of both groups had no education about death, or found the education they received insufficient. Besides, no significant differences were found between the students who received nursing education and who received religious education in terms of their attitudes toward death (p > 0.05). Results showed that students who received nursing education and who received religious education had similar attitudes toward death. In conclusion, the education given to students about the religious or health aspects of death in accordance with the curriculum seemed to have no effects on students’ developing positive attitudes toward death.


Attitudes toward death Health Religion 



The authors wish to thank all participants for engaging in this study. No financial support was received by any of the authors for the research of this article. The authors are grateful to Duygu Ispinar for proofreading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NursingAgri Ibrahim Cecen University School of HealthAgrıTurkey

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