The Subjective Perception and Characteristics of the Middle-aged on Death with Dignity

존엄사에 대한 한국 중년층의 인식유형과 특성

  • 신선호 (경남대학교 사회복지학과) ;
  • 신원식 (경남대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2015.10.13
  • Accepted : 2015.12.20
  • Published : 2015.12.28


This study is to grasp fundamental data to prepare the policy about death with dignity(DwD) by grasping perception type of the middle-aged about DwD. 32 middle-ages test Q-sort with 30 statements which is related to DwD. The result of analysis shows that subjective perception types are permission type, opposition type, and limited permission type. First, 'permission type' indicates that DwD by self-determination of patients should be accepted; it is necessary to patients with extreme pain. Second, 'opposition type' insists that there will be more people dying unfairly; a trend to make light of human life could be in everywhere if DwD is permitted. Third, 'limited permission type' agrees with permitting DwD but insists on preparing specific legal system before that. The subject, DwD, itself seems not to be able to draw a complete agreement from people, but national opinions should be reflected during the process of DwD system.


death with dignity;permission type;opposition type;limited permission type;the middleaged


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