Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Death Anxiety Scale

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_21-1




Death anxiety is a relatively stable personality trait referring to a negative attitude toward and negative affect and cognitions concerning death and dying, whether of self or significant others, or the idea of death in general. It is most commonly assessed using a simple 15-item self-report questionnaire using a Likert response format, although many revisions and extensions of the measure have permitted a broader and more adequate assessment of distress concerning human mortality.


Anxiety is a universal human emotion, characterized by feelings of worry, insecurity, tension, and anticipation of future misfortune or danger. There are many types of situations that induce anxiety, ranging from participation in social gatherings, school examinations, or sexual encounters to existential concerns related to mortality. The Death Anxiety Scale (DAS), developed by Templer (1970) nearly 50 years ago, represents one classic attempt to study the latter area....


Death Anxiety Personal Construct Theory Threat Index Likert Response Format Death Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlexandriaAlexandriaEgypt
  2. 2.University of MemphisMemphisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brendan Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Wichita State UniversityWichitaUSA