Heaven, Hell, and Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide
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Journal of Health Psychology
Using data from the 2007 Baylor Religion Survey, I evaluate whether beliefs in heaven and hell are associated with attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide. I find that those who believe in heaven and those who believe in hell tend to have negative attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide, even when controlling for other religiosity and sociodemographic variables. I also find that the belief in hell mediates the effect of the belief in heaven on attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide, suggesting that the fear of hell, more so than the reward of heaven, may lead people to have negative attitudes toward physician-assisted suicide.
afterlife, heaven, hell, physician-assisted suicide
Sharp, Shane, "Heaven, Hell, and Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 362.
Department of Sociology