J Korean Acad Nurs.  2009 Feb;39(1):1-9.

Effects of a Death Education Program on Life Satisfaction and Attitude toward Death in College Students

  • 1College of Nursing Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. jewelee@knu.ac.kr


PURPOSE: The purpose of this experimental study was to examine the values of a death education program developed to improve life satisfaction and attitude toward death in college students.
The death education program was developed and then used with 22 college students for 5 weeks, once a week for 150 min. Before and after the intervention, students responded a questionnaire developed to measure life satisfaction and attitude toward death. t-test, chi-square-test, and paired t-test with the SPSS program were used to analyze the data.
The death education program significantly improved life satisfaction but had no statistically significant effect on attitude toward death. There was a significant difference in life satisfaction between the experimental and control groups but not in attitude toward death.
Based on the above results, it is apparent that the death education program has an affirmative effect on life satisfaction in college students and some impact on attitude toward death. We suggest, therefore, that the death education program should be used with all human beings to help them recognize the values of themselves and their current lives and improve their satisfaction with life.


Death; Education; Attitude; Life; Students

MeSH Terms

*Attitude to Death
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Interviews as Topic
Models, Educational
*Personal Satisfaction
Program Development
Young Adult


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