Can a television series change attitudes about death? A study of college students and Six Feet Under

Edward Schiappa, Peter B. Gregg, Dean E. Hewes

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of viewing 10 episodes of the television series Six Feet Under to assess whether such programming could influence college students' attitudes about death and dying. Students were administered the Death Attitude Profile-Revised, the Multidimensional Fear of Death Scale, and the short version of the Threat Index, prior to and after viewing. Significant changes were found on a number of measures. These results are similar to the effects of didactic death education courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-474
Number of pages16
JournalDeath Studies
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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