Death Studies (DEATH STUD)

Publisher: University of Florida. Center for Gerontological Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Now published eight times each year, this acclaimed journal provides refereed papers on significant research, scholarship, and practical approaches in the fast growing areas of bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death attitudes, suicide, and death education. It provides an international interdisciplinary forum in which a variety of professionals share results of research and practice, with the aim of better understanding the human encounter with death and assisting those who work with the dying and their families.

Current impact factor: 0.92

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 0.831

Additional details

5-year impact 1.47
Cited half-life 8.60
Immediacy index 0.05
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.44
Website Death Studies website
Other titles Death studies
ISSN 0748-1187
OCLC 10890428
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article explores some of Hannelore Wass's many contributions to the field of death, dying, and bereavement as well as her distinctive teaching and mentoring gifts. It chronicles the highlights of a 30-year relationship that began as shared interests in death, dying and bereavement, expanded into sharing of classroom techniques and models and ultimately became a lasting and treasured friendship.
    Death Studies 10/2015; 39(9):524-530. DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1079454
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    ABSTRACT: A review of Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life by the Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2014. 638 pages. (ISBN: 978-0309303101). $74.95 for print copy; available free online (see References). Reviewed by David Russell.
    Death Studies 09/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1081542
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    ABSTRACT: Though research on bereavement has grown, few studies have focused on emerging adults. To add to the literature, we administered the RCOPE to a sample of bereaved college students (analyzed sample N = 748) and explored the relationship between self-reported religious affiliation and religious coping strategies used and endorsed as "most helpful." Results highlight the rich topography of bereavement previously unexamined in understudied populations (i.e., emerging adults, religiously unaffiliated). Specifically, the Christians/Affiliated used "negative" religious coping strategies most often, yet identified "positive" strategies as "most helpful," while the Unaffiliated instead used "positive" strategies most often and identified "negative" strategies as "most helpful."
    Death Studies 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1077355
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    ABSTRACT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Expanded Access program allows patients with life-threatening diagnoses, such as advanced cancer, to use experimental medications without participating in clinical research (colloquially, "Compassionate Use"). Sixteen U.S. states recently passed "right-to-try" legislation aimed at promoting Expanded Access. Acknowledging popular support, Expanded Access could undermine clinical trials that benefit public health. Moreover, existing norms in oncologic care, for example, often lead patients to pursue intense treatments near the end of life, at the expense of palliation, and improved communication about the risks and benefits of Expanded Access would more often discourage its use.
    Death Studies 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1077356
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    ABSTRACT: Hannelore Wass' enduring contribution to the field of thanatology focused on death education In addition to developing a journal initially focused on that topic, Wass also created one of the first text books in the field. This article explores the factors that caused death education to emerge in the late 1960's as well as issues that death education still faces as it continues to evolve.
    Death Studies 08/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1079452
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    ABSTRACT: A brief tribute to a dear friend and former colleague, Hannelore Wass, these remembrances evidence her delightfully humorous and mischievous side as well as celebrate her long and illustrious career. A woman in full, she is sorely missed but fondly remembered.
    Death Studies 08/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1069657
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    ABSTRACT: As a strong proponent of death education, Dr. Hannelore Wass was a respected pioneer in the field of thanatology. She had a philosophy that in order to effectively work with grieving children and adolescents, one must be like and think like a child; indeed, to see things through the eyes of a child. This paper demonstrates the far-reaching effects of Wass's work beyond her students to another generation of educators.
    Death Studies 07/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1069654
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    ABSTRACT: This article offers a reflection on the professional influence of Dr. Hannelore Wass on the author's introduction to and work in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. At the same time, it also offers comments on her broader influence on and legacies left to others who work in this field.
    Death Studies 07/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1069652
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigates the experience of viewing or not viewing the body for 64 relatives bereaved after a sudden and unexpected death. (1) (1)Mowll (2007). Transition to a new reality: the experience of viewing or not viewing the body of a relative in the context of grief after a sudden and unexpected death. University of New South Wales, Social Sciences & International Studies Thematic analyses of in-depth interviews reveal the importance of viewing and the challenges in providing choice. Some participants experienced difficulties including regret and intrusive images. These are discussed alongside the transformative meanings of seeing or not seeing the body for bereaved relatives.
    Death Studies 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1059385
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    ABSTRACT: As an educator, Hannelore Wass had a major influence on young professionals who were teaching in the field of thanatology. She influenced new professors by mentoring and providing an exceptional example of a compassionate, competent professional in the fields of thanatology and educational methodology. As a strong advocate for death education for all ages, Hannelore was a supporter of death educators. Her books provided a solid knowledge base in dying, death and bereavement and thereby helped professionals learn the body of information in thanatology.
    Death Studies 07/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1070612
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how college students have responded, at any point in their lifetime, to a suicidal friend or family member. College students completed an online survey in which they described, in their own words, what they have done when a friend or family member disclosed being suicidal. These responses included providing social support, information, telling someone, and crisis support. Future studies are needed to determine how common these responses are, identify factors that predict certain responses, and examine the impact responding to a suicidal person can have on college student wellbeing.
    Death Studies 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1068246
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    ABSTRACT: While there is no doubt that every individual's experiences with death and grief have a significant impact on his or her work as a death educator, scholar, or a clinician, it is a deeply personal choice whether or not one chooses to disclose those experiences to others thoughout one's career. Drawing upon memories of Dr. Hannelore Wass shared by colleagues, this paper documents Wass's impact on the lives of thanatologists as a result of her talents as a scholar, death educator, and mentor as well as her friendship.
    Death Studies 07/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1064293
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    ABSTRACT: As a living legacy to the founding editorship of Hannelore Wass, Death Studies has played a leading role in promoting scholarship in the field of thanatology for nearly four decades. In this article we analyze publication patterns in the journal in the 25 years since Wass handed off the journal's editorial management to her successor, focusing on changing patterns of authorship, topical focus, and methodological emphasis of articles across this period. The results document the increasing feminization of the field, the impressive internationality of the research networks driving its development, and the substantial empirical foundation for major lines of research concerned with bereavement, death attitudes, and suicide. Placed against the backdrop of early trends in publication during Wass's overview, such findings suggest the maturation of research in this interdisciplinary specialty, and validate her long-range anticipation of the field's prospects as this flagship journal moves toward its fifth decade of publication.
    Death Studies 07/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1064292
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    ABSTRACT: Little do we know as we go along our ordinary daily living that an invitation to listen could so profoundly affect another person's life. The gift of true listening can bring about connections and relationships that last for a lifetime. This reflective paper reminds educators to take time to encourage, question, support, and challenge eager neophytes in their classes.
    Death Studies 06/2015; 39(9). DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1064291
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    ABSTRACT: For family members of dying patients who have grown accustomed to providing daily body care, the transition from home to hospital is stressful. We used the experiences surrounding death for 78 U.S. Veterans who died in a VA hospital. The research is based on interviews conducted with the decedent's next-of-kin. Secondary qualitative analysis of previously-coded transcribed interviews was used. Themes of social disorganization and a loss of control over the body emerged. Next-of-kin experienced the physical and functional breakdown of their loved one's body. Understanding the nature of the loss of control may help alleviate the strain on families.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1056565