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 2015
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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  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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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; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1069652
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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; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1069654
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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; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1070612
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    ABSTRACT: The present study evaluates how liability influences mental health clinicians' assessment of suicide risk. In this online vignette-based experiment, clinicians (N = 268) were either primed with a legal standard prior to a case vignette or presented the case vignette alone. Clinicians then rated the patient's likelihood of suicide and need for hospitalization. Results indicated that trainees provided significantly lower ratings of suicide risk following presentation of the legal standard, but this was not associated with hospitalization endorsement. Results have training and legal implications for improving the accuracy of suicide risk assessment in both trainees and licensed professionals.
    Death Studies 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1068248
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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: 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: This paper, drawing on data from a wider study, describes the impact that UK bereaved military parents ascribe to the practical support (help with home and garden maintenance) that they received following the death of their son. The type of practical support offered to parents has had a wide-ranging and significant impact on them. In addition to helping them find meaning and maintain continuing bonds, this form of support contributed to their capacity to engage in restoration-focused coping. As a symbolic resource, this type of practical support may be a significant moderator of distress in the psychosocial transition of bereavement.
    Death Studies 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1068247
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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; 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; 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; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1064291
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    ABSTRACT: In Switzerland, where assisted suicide but not euthanasia is permitted, we sought to understand how physicians integrate palliative sedation in their practice and how they reflect on existential suffering and death hastening. We interviewed 31 physicians from different care settings. Five major attitudes emerged. Among specialized palliative care physicians, convinced, cautious and doubtful attitudes were evident. Within unspecialized settings, palliative sedation was more likely to be considered as death hastening: clinicians either avoid it with an inexperienced attitude or practice it with an ambiguous attitude, raising the issue of unskilled and abusive uses of sedatives at the end of life.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1029142
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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
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    ABSTRACT: The present purpose was to examine racial differences in response rate and serious behavioral suicide risk based on the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS). Data from 15,245 adolescents (YRBS 2011) were included. Survey items pertaining to making suicidal plans and attempting suicide were included. Significant differences in responding and content emerged, especially with regard to suicide attempts. Racial minority adolescents are at elevated risk for serious suicidal behaviors and are more likely to omit items pertaining to suicide attempts. African American adolescents rarely reported having attempted suicide, but they also frequently failed to respond to that question.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1047058
  • Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1056564
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    ABSTRACT: The importance of self-awareness in counselling education is widely recognized; however, strengthening this vital aspect is often left to educators' discretion. I address this deficiency by first exploring four theoretical constructs: mindfulness, emotional regulation, death anxiety, and relationship dynamics. Then, I outline a practical learning activity on the topic of death. The main exercise involves a guided meditation in which students imagine both a worst-case and best-case scenario of their own death, while practicing mindfulness, followed by a debriefing period and a written self-reflection. This activity can be used by educators to promote greater self-awareness in master's level counselling students.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1056566
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    ABSTRACT: In the literature extensive attention is given to the content, structure and style of obituaries in newspapers. Analyses of the demise of colleagues in internal business communications are however non-existent. This paper discusses a bottom-up analysis of 150 obituaries published in Flemish staff magazines-obituaries that mostly focus on the deceased's career and professional qualities. Following analysis, the data were divided in obituaries that are continuous texts and obituaries with a letter format. The differences between the two types lie at different levels: format, content, structure and language use. Obituaries with a letter format are characterized and determined by three paradoxes: the sender-receiver paradox, life-death paradox and happiness-sadness paradox.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1056562
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    ABSTRACT: There are currently around a million Chinese households where the only child has died and the mother is beyond reproductive age. The number of such bereaved parents, known as shidu fumu, is forecast to increase to over 11 million by 2050. Using a sample survey conducted in 2013 in Shaanxi Province, the paper explores the vulnerability of shidu fumu by various measures of 'wellbeing'. Such parents are more vulnerable than non-bereaved parents in every respect. There are also significant differences in wellbeing between shidu fumu due to parental characteristics. We argue that policies supporting shidu fumu should be strengthened.
    Death Studies 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/07481187.2015.1056563