The impact of death education

Academic Article


  • Published, outcome research on the impact of death education was reviewed using meta analytic procedures. Programs have been more successful in changing participants’ attitudes on death-related issues (mean effect = 0.67) than their personal feelings about death (mean = 0.18). In terms of affective outcomes, experiential programs that focus on personal feelings about death were significantly more effective than didactic programs not containing such an emphasis. Moreover, half of the latter programs produced negative effects on affective outcomes. Results illustrate the importance of considering types of outcomes and types of programs when assessing the impact of death education. Several recommendations are offered to improve future research. © 1991 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Published In

  • Death Studies  Journal
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    Author List

  • Durlak JA; Riesenberg LA
  • Start Page

  • 39
  • End Page

  • 58
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 1