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    Work, love, and death-thought accessibility: A terror management investigation

    McCabe, Simon and Daly, Michael (2018) Work, love, and death-thought accessibility: A terror management investigation. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57. pp. 754-772. ISSN 0144-6665

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McCabe, S. and Daly, M. (2018), Work, love, and death‐thought accessibility: A terror management investigation. Br. J. Soc. Psychol., 57: 754-772. doi:10.1111/bjso.12258
    Keywords: close relationship; death‐thought accessibility; existential psychology; terror management; unemployment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13157
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    Depositing User: Michael Daly
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 16:34
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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