Attitudes to Pathways to Death

This study consists of an online survey, which you may now participate in. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey consists of a number of multiple-choice and/or free-answer questions, and may be divided into a number of sections. You must complete all sections in one sitting, as you are not allowed to resume at another time from where you left off. While you are participating, your responses will be stored in a temporary holding area as you move through the sections, but they will not be permanently saved until you complete all sections and you are given a chance to review your responses. The term euthanasia normally implies an intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who wishes to die. Euthanasia is generally defined as the act of killing an incurably ill person out of concern and compassion for that person's suffering. It is sometimes called mercy killing, but many believers of euthanasia define mercy killing more precisely as the ending of another person's life without his or her request. Euthanasia, on the other hand, is usually separated into two categories: passive and active euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is where treatment is terminated, for example, to turn off any life support machines. Active euthanasia is whereby you directly kill the terminally ill, for example, through a lethal injection. These two categories are subdivided into voluntary and involuntary; a voluntary decision is one consciously made by the terminally ill. An involuntary decision is one not consciously made by the terminally ill. All levels of euthanasia are illegal in the UK. When answering this survey think about euthanasia as a whole dimension. Please answer each question as accurately as possible. Listed below are demographic questions for this section of the survey. Please enter your details below.
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PERSONALITY

How Accurately Can You Describe Yourself? Describe yourself as you generally are now, not as you wish to be in the future. Describe yourself as you honestly see yourself, in relation to other people you know of the same sex as you are, and roughly your same age. Indicate for each statement whether it is 1,2,3,4,5 as a description of you; [1] = Very Inaccurate [2] = Moderately Inaccurate [3] = Neither Accurate Nor Inaccurate [4] = Moderately Accurate [5] = Very Accurate

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EXPERIENCE WITH BEREAVMENT

Tick the box which best describes your experience with bereavement. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any given time shall it cause you any distress.

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POLITICAL VIEWS

Analysis of the Libertarian-Authoritarian Dimension Please indicate for each statement which best supports your views whether it is; [1] = Strongly Disagree [2] = Disagree [3] = Undecided [4] = Agree [5] = Strongly Agree

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MORALITY

Part 1. When you decide whether something is right or wrong, to what extent are the following considerations relevant to your thinking? Please rate each statement using this scale: [1] = not at all relevant (0%)( This consideration has nothing to do with my judgments of right and wrong) [2] = Slightly Relevant (25%) [3] = Relevant (50%) [4] = Very Relevant (75%) [5] = Extremely Relevant (100%)(This is one of the most important factors when I judge right and wrong)

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MORALITY

Part 2. Please read the following sentences and indicate your agreement or disagreement: [1] = Strongly Disagree [2] = Disagree [3] = Undecided [4] = Agree [5] = Strongly Agree

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ATTITUDES TOWARDS EUTHANASIA

The following items are designed to measure the attitudes of persons towards euthanasia. Euthanasia can be defined as acting to terminate or failing to act in such a way as to extend the life of persons who are hopelessly sick or injured for reasons of mercy. Read each statement carefully; select one of the five responses which most closely represents your own attitude toward the statement content by encircling the appropriate number. [1] = Strongly Disagree [2] = Disagree [3] = Undecided [4] = Agree [5] = Strongly Agree

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DEBRIEFING

With medical care continuously developing in conjunction with its legislations, research into palliative care for the terminally ill is always needed. Thus, the attitudes of society are of importance to the British Medical Association which suggests that everyone deserves the right to die with dignity. This study intended to explore how individual differences affect one’s attitude towards euthanasia. The individual differences explored were personality, one’s experience with bereavement, political views and morality. You still remain the right to withdraw from this study. If you have any queries regarding this study, contact the researcher on mc376@student.le.ac.uk Thank you for your participation If you have any questions pertaining to your participation in this research project please e-mail the following address: mc376@student.le.ac.uk Thank You for your participation!

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