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 An Exploratory Case Study of the Religiosity, Spirituality and Death Attitudes in Two Romanian Elderly Day Centres

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  • Mihai-Bogdan Iovu (Babeş Bolyai University, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 128‑130, 21 Decembrie 1989 Blvd., 400604, Cluj‑Napoca, E-mail: iovu_mbogdan@yahoo.com)
  • Raluca Mocean (Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, School of Sociology and Social Work, 128-130, 21 decembrie 1989 Blvd, E-mail: raluca_mocean@yahoo.com)
  • Remus Runcan (West University, Timişoara, Romania, E-mail: remus.runcan@e-uvt.ro)
  • Patricia Luciana Runcan (The West University of Timişoara, Bv. V. Parvan 4, Timisoara 300223, Timis, Romania, Phone: 0256592265, E-mail: patricia.runcan@socio.uvt.to )

Statement of problem: Older adults face many life-threatening and disabling illnesses, which make them think more about their own mortal limit. One of strategies they employ in coping with death attitudes is religious faith and spirituality beliefs. However, the ameliorating influence of religious orientation on personal death anxiety remains inconclusive. Aim: This study explored the association of religiosity and spirituality with fear of death and death acceptance attitudes in older adults. Method: a questionnaire was administered to 50 older persons from two Romanian counties. Hierarchical regression models were constructed for predictor variables and the outcomes of fear of death and approach acceptance of death attitudes. Results: Religiosity was significantly associated with the fear of death and approach acceptance of death attitudes. Demographic factors and spirituality did not play a significant contribution to the regression models.

Keywords: older adults, death attitudes, religiosity, spirituality