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Attitudes of the Critically Ill Toward Prolonging Life: The Role of Social Support

Citation

Mutran, Elizabeth J.; Danis, Marion; Bratton, Kathleen A.; Sudha, S.; & Hanson, Laura (1997). Attitudes of the Critically Ill Toward Prolonging Life: The Role of Social Support. Gerontologist, 37(2), 192-9.

Abstract

Desires to prolong life were investigated in a hospitalized sample of 212 persons over age 50 whose illnesses were severe and who had an average life expectancy of six to twelve months. The importance of social support was emphasized in defining the context in which the stressors of unfinished business and fear of death prompted desires to prolong life. Interactions existed in predicting desires for prolonging life based on ethnicity and whether respondents did or did not have sustained family contact. Family contact and salience increased the desire to live longer for African Americans, but not for Whites.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/37.2.192

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Gerontologist

Author(s)

Mutran, Elizabeth J.
Danis, Marion
Bratton, Kathleen A.
Sudha, S.
Hanson, Laura

Year Published

1997

Volume Number

37

Issue Number

2

Pages

192-9

Reference ID

1114