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International Psychogeriatrics

Publication date: 2016-03
Volume: 28 Pages: 397 - 404
ISSN: 1041-6102, 1741-203X PMID: 26300555
DOI: 10.1017/S1041610215001192
Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Bonnewyn, Anke
Shah, Ajit ; Bruffaerts, Ronny ; Demyttenaere, Koen


Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Psychology, Clinical, Geriatrics & Gerontology, Gerontology, Psychiatry, Psychology, wish to die, older people, death attitudes, religiousness, SUICIDE IDEATION, HOSPICE PATIENTS, ADULTS 50, LIFE, RELIGIOSITY, VALIDATION, MORTALITY, REASONS, ILLNESS, IMPACT, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude to Death, Belgium, Death, Depression, Depressive Disorder, Major, Female, Humans, Logistic Models, Loneliness, Male, Religion and Psychology, Risk Factors, Spirituality, Suicide, Geriatrics, 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, 11 Medical and Health Sciences


A wish to die is common in older persons and is associated with increased mortality. Several risk factors have been identified, but the association between religiousness and a wish to die in older adults has been underexplored, and the association between death attitudes and the presence of a wish to die has not been investigated yet. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between religiousness and death attitudes on the one hand and wish to die on the other hand, adjusting for clinical factors such as the presence of depression or somatic disorder.