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Worldview and Existential Anxiety : cross-sectional survey study about the hypothesized relation of worldview and existential anxiety

Schmidt, Susanna (2017) Worldview and Existential Anxiety : cross-sectional survey study about the hypothesized relation of worldview and existential anxiety.

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Abstract:Existential anxiety (EA) is a construct which describes anxieties in several domains, such as meaninglessness and death anxiety, and which has been subject of several studies. Based on data derived from a study about a tool for measuring EA according to the definition of van Bruggen et al. (2017), several hypotheses are set up and analyzed in a cross-sectional survey study. Mainly, this thesis aimed to clarify whether a relation exists between one’s worldview and the amount of EA that the person is experiencing. Additionally, variables like age and gender are studied in relation to both worldview and EA. The analysis of data from 389 participants revealed that women experience more EA than men, and that older people experience more EA than younger ones. Furthermore, older people are more often affiliated towards a religious worldview than younger people. However, the main question whether there is a relation between a person’s worldview and EA could not be substantiated. Furthermore, no moderation of the variables age and gender on the relation between worldview and EA could be detected.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72503
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