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The cultural context of dying: Hawai’ian death conceptions and the gender divide

The cultural context of dying: Hawai’ian death conceptions and the gender divide

Pentaris, Panagiotis ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-8555 (2018) The cultural context of dying: Hawai’ian death conceptions and the gender divide. Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 6 (4). pp. 104-111. ISSN 2350-7756 (Print), 2350-8442 (Online)

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People ascribe a different meaning to dying and, therefore, approach their own death or grief for the other in various ways. Such approaches are the product of the intersection of people’s identities and experience; these go part and parcel with the way individuals view the world. Consequently, to be cared for when dying or grieving requires concrete knowledge and understanding of own identities from the professionals’ perspectives. In this premise, by means of a survey (n=55) and interviewing (n=10), the present paper reports on empirical data from Hawai`i about death conceptions and the gender divide. The study concludes that men and women share many conceptions about death but differ based on what constitutes normative grief and how it is expressed. This information adds to the knowledge held by helping professions like social work, counselling and psychology, with the aim to advance evidence that informs practice with the dying and/or bereaved from this background.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The work in this journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: death; Hawai`i; dying; cultural; gender
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education & Health > Health & Society Research Group
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Applied Sociology Research Group
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 10:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None

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