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Unformatted text preview: Quasi Experimental Design Exercise 2 EXCERPT FROM THE RESEARCH ARTICLE Gershuny, B.S. & Burrows, D. (1990). The use of rationalization and denial to reduce accident-related and illness-related death anxiety. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society , 28 , 161-163. Each subject read a story depicting a protagonist [i.e., subject] experiencing the death of a parent, either through terminal illness (cancer) or as the result of an unexpected (auto) accident. After reading the story, the subject filled out a questionnaire designed to measure general levels of death anxiety, and then a second questionnaire designed to measure defense-mechanism use. In the second questionnaire, 6 questions measured the use of rationalization (e.g., “To what extent is the parent better off dying?”), 6 measured denial (e.g., “How likely is it that anyone you know will ever die this way?”), and 6 measured repression (e.g., “How much suffering did the victim experience?” -- when the details of the story made it repression (e....
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- Fall '08
- Defence mechanism, Psychological projection, Burrows, defense mechanism, Psychonomic Society