J Korean Acad Nurs.  2008 Apr;38(2):229-237. 10.4040/jkan.2008.38.2.229.

Relationship between Self-efficacy, Depression, Level of Satisfaction and Death Attitude of College Students

  • 1Department of Nursing, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, Korea. jokw@cu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Social Welfare, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, Korea.


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship among self-efficacy, depression, life satisfaction and death attitude of college students. METHODS: The subjects consisted of 232 college students. Data were collected by self-reported questionnaires, which were constructed to include self-efficacy, depression, satisfaction with life, and death attitude. Data were analyzed by the SPSS/PC WIN. 12.0 program. RESULTS: Death attitude and life satisfaction of college students were significantly different according to frequency of death ideation. Death attitude for college students correlated with self-efficacy, depression, and life satisfaction. The most significant predictor of death attitude for college students was life satisfaction. CONCLUSION: The above findings indicate that death attitude for college students is influenced by self-efficacy, depression, and life satisfaction. These findings suggest that a death education program to improve life satisfaction and to give a positive attitude toward death is needed for college students.


Students; Life; Satisfaction; Death; Attitude

MeSH Terms

*Attitude to Death
Data Interpretation, Statistical
*Personal Satisfaction
*Self Efficacy
Young Adult


  • Figure 1 Conceptual framework.

  • Figure 2 Results of path analysis. *p<.05; **p<.01; ***p<.001.


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