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Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias 1 Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias Da’Keisha Jett University of Kentucky Address correspondence to Da’Keisha Jett, University of Kentucky, Department of Psychology,10 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY; dakeisha.jett@uky.edu (e-mail). Running head:
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Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias 2 Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on the death positivity bias. A factorial ANOVA was conducted to determine the main effects between the independent variables, mortality and mental health. The findings were that individuals favored John more when he was in good mental health.
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Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias 3 Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias The tendency to think more highly of a person if they are dead than if they are alive is known as the Death Positivity Bias (CITATION). Studies have been conducted to evaluate people’s perception of others based on their accomplishments in life and whether those individuals are described as dead or alive. In Allison’s (2009) work on the Death Positivity Bias, he evaluates individual’s appraisals on leaders, specifically those in politics. The leader was described as either dead or alive but their leadership ability was held constant . This study determined that once a leader has passed away, he or she is praised more than they were when they were alive (Scott 2009). There are statues, monuments, and even buildings named and built in their honor. Martinez (2011), evaluated the effect of mental illness on impression formation was evaluated. For this study, participants were randomly assigned to two conditions, bipolar disorder (experimental) or melanoma (control) (Martinez 2009). In each condition, participants read a paragraph about a day in the life of a man named Donald. The only difference in the two paragraphs was whether or not Donald was described as having a mental illness. The results showed that when Donald was described as a man suffering a mental illness and showed symptoms of this mental illness, he was less favored than if was mentally healthy (Martinez 2011). Another study, also examined the effects the of mental illness on impression formation. Participants rated a variety of mental illnesses with the likelihood of social rejection (Feldman & Crandall 2007). Participants were assigned to a mental illness to which they would read a bout, one of those being post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants read two paragraphs containing demographic information as well as a detailed description of the mental illness that the described
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Mental Health on the Death Positivity Bias 4 person had (Feldman & Crandall 2007). The results of this study showed that mental illnesses that could be described as more dangerous and rare and the person suffering from it was thought to be personally responsible for their illness (Feldman & Crandall 2007). This study like the previous studies mentioned is similar to the present study. In that, it measures ones perception on
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