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From the Grave to the Cradle: Evidence That Mortality Salience Engenders a Desire for Offspring

Wisman, Arnaud, Goldenberg, Jamie L (2005) From the Grave to the Cradle: Evidence That Mortality Salience Engenders a Desire for Offspring. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89 (1). pp. 46-61. ISSN 0022-3514. E-ISSN 1939-1315. (doi:10.1037/0022-3514.89.1.46) (KAR id:54302)

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On the basis of terror management theory, the authors hypothesized that reminders of mortality (mortality

self-relevant worldviews that also serve to manage existential concerns. In 3 studies, men, but not

support of the authors’ hypothesis that women’s desire for offspring was inhibited as a function of

salience on a desire for offspring for female participants only; furthermore, Study 4 revealed that when

mortality salience with an increased number of desired children. Taken together, the findings suggest that

a desire for offspring can function as a terror management defense mechanism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/0022-3514.89.1.46
Uncontrolled keywords: mortality salience; desire for offspring; gender; procreation; existential concerns
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Arnaud Wisman
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 13:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:33 UTC
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