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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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SANTOS, Gleice Kelly Nascimento et al. Fear of death and dying in health students. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2022, vol.16, n.1, pp.1-20. ISSN 1982-1247.

Death still causes aversion in students and health professionals and is faced as a failure since academic training. The study aimed, in general, to assess the fear of death in health students. A sociodemographic questionnaire and the Collet-Lester fear of death scale were applied to 366 students of medicine, psychology, nursing and physiotherapy. The results indicated that only the medical and physical therapy courses showed significant differences in the subscales related to fear of death, in the other analyzes, hypotheses were raised. It was identified that there was a tendency for nursing students to be more afraid of their own death and those of psychology to be afraid of their own dying process. It was concluded that the fear of death of the other emerges as a common characteristic among students of the four courses, pointing out differences in fear of death between the different periods of the analyzed courses.

Keywords : Fear; Death; Students; Health professionals.

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