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Euthanasia and Abortion: Personality Correlates for the Decision to Terminate Life

Ho, Robert and Penney, Ronald K. (1992). Euthanasia and Abortion: Personality Correlates for the Decision to Terminate Life. Journal of Social Psychology,132(1):77-86.

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Title Euthanasia and Abortion: Personality Correlates for the Decision to Terminate Life
Author Ho, Robert
Penney, Ronald K.
Journal Name Journal of Social Psychology
Publication Date 1992
Volume Number 132
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0022-4545   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0026816354
Start Page 77
End Page 86
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Psychology Press
Field of Research STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
Abstract The study addresses three research questions: (a) How well do level of conservatism and religiosity predict attitudes toward passive and active euthanasia? (b) What is the relationship between attitudes toward abortion and attitudes toward euthanasia? (c) How do personality variables relate differentially to these attitudes? Subjects were 168 Australian adults (68 men, 100 women). Initial analysis indicated no sex differences in attitudes toward the study'S criterion variables. Descriptive statistics indicated general support for active and passive euthanasia and for abortion, although the majority of the respondents were found to be more accepting of passive than of active euthanasia. Multiple regression analyses indicated that level of conservatism was the most consistent predictor of attitudes toward euthanasia and abortion, whereas religiosity was found significantly to predict attitudes toward abortion only.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224545.1992.9924690   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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