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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Work, love, and death thought accessibility: a terror management investigation
Author(s): McCabe, Simon
Daly, Michael
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Keywords: unemployment
terror management
death thought accessibility
close relationship
existential psychology
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2018
Date Deposited: 20-Apr-2018
Citation: McCabe S & Daly M (2018) Work, love, and death thought accessibility: a terror management investigation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57 (4), pp. 754-772.
Abstract: Terror management theory suggests that following culturally derived scripts for valued behaviour protects people from death concerns, and conversely, not meeting standards for cultural value can weaken this protection, heightening mortality concerns. Using this conceptual framework we examine (1) how considerations of loss of employment, a source of cultural value for many, relates to the accessibility of death-related cognition, and (2) the moderating role of job market health and (3) involvement in close relationships. Study 1 found that writing about being unemployed (vs. a control topic) led to greater mortality-related cognition. Study 2 found that considering unemployment heightened death-cognition, but only when participants were led to perceive the job market as unhealthy. Finally, Study 3 found that considering unemployment led to greater death-cognition, but not for those involved in a close relationship. Findings offer insight into a previously overlooked consequence of unemployment, and factors that may serve a protective function.
DOI Link: 10.1111/bjso.12258
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