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The Smolensk Disaster and the Dynamics of Death-Related Thoughts Accessibility

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  • Tomasz Grzyb
  • Dariusz Dolinski

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The article describes a study concerning death-related thoughts following the crash of the Polish Tu-154M plane with the Polish president and other members of an official Polish delegation on-board. In the study, the DRT (Death Related Thoughts) scale was used. The results showed that thoughts about death in a sample of Polish students (N=120) increased immediately after the plane crash, and after a few weeks the level measured was even higher. The obtained results also show a relatively strong positive correlation between the results of the DRT scale and the amount of information about the presidential plane crash presented in the massmedia.

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  • Tomasz Grzyb & Dariusz Dolinski, 2013. "The Smolensk Disaster and the Dynamics of Death-Related Thoughts Accessibility," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 1(1), pages 184-191, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:1:y:2013:i:1:p:184-191
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    Keywords

    catastrophe reactions; terror management theory; mass media; mass communication;

    JEL classification:

    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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