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Relationship between resilience and death anxiety among elderly living with family and a scare home residents

Ahmad M. Gazo, Mohammad H. ABood


Background. The objective of the current study is to investigate the relationship between resilience and death anxiety among elderly in Jordan, and to define whether there are statistically significant differences in the level of resilience and death anxiety due to variables of gender and place of residence.

Materials and Method. The participants of the current study consisted of 129 older adults(60 years and above) in the province of Zarqa in Jordan. Resilience Scale(RS) and Death Anxiety Scale(DAS) were used. 

Results. The results of the study illustrated a medium level for both resilience and death anxiety, with no statistically significant differences in the level of resilience and death anxiety attributed to the elderly person's place of residence; there are however, statistically significant differences in the level of hardiness of the elderly attributed to gender and in favor of elderly men; there are also statistically significant differences in the level of fear of the future attributed to gender, in favor of elderly men. In addition, the results indicated a statistically significant negative relationship between death-related thoughts, and hardiness, resourcefulness, optimism and resilience.


Resilience, Death Anxiety, Elderly

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