Year of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)



First Advisor

Dr. Randall Russac

Second Advisor

Dr. Maury Nation


This study examined the predictive role of gender and psychological separation in the death anxiety of young adults. A total death anxiety score and eight psychological dependency scores, four for mom and four for dad, were obtained from male and female participants between the ages of 17 and 26 years old. Females were found to have significantly higher total death anxiety than were males. Females also had significantly higher emotional dependency on mom than did males. Regression analysis revealed that gender and emotional dependency on mom account for 14% of the variance in total death anxiety. Additional results with males and females data separated revealed significant correlations between total death anxiety and conflictual dependency/dad and conflictual dependency/mom for females and emotional dependency/dad, emotional dependency/mom, and functional dependency/mom for males. An explanation for the differences in dependencies found between the males and females is given.

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