Does Self-esteem Moderate the Effect of Mortality Salience on Worldview Defense in Japan?

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Title ( eng )
Does Self-esteem Moderate the Effect of Mortality Salience on Worldview Defense in Japan?
Creator
Toya Akihiro
Source Title
広島大学大学院教育学研究科紀要. 第三部, 教育人間科学関連領域
Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part 3, Education and human science
Issue 68
Start Page 131
End Page 140
Abstract
According to terror management theory (TMT), people respond to a reminder of their inevitable death (mortality salience, MS) by defending their cultural worldview (MS hypothesis). Although the MS hypothesis has been supported in numerous studies conducted in Western cultures, it is not always supported in interdependent cultures such as Japan. Considering that TMT argues that self-esteem can also buffer death anxiety and moderate the effect of MS, careful examination of this effect is also needed. The present study examined whether such moderating effect of self-esteem would be found among Japanese through three studies. Results revealed that the moderating effect of self-esteem on the relationship between MS and worldview defense was not found. The results suggest that self-esteem does not function as a death anxiety buff er in Japan.
Keywords
mortality salience
self-esteem
terror management theory
worldview defense
Descriptions
This work was supported by special funding for the promotion of internationalization of research activities by the Japanese Group Dynamic Association.
Language
eng
Resource Type departmental bulletin paper
Publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科
Date of Issued 2019-12-20
Publish Type Version of Record
Access Rights open access
Source Identifier
[ISSN] 1346-5562
[NCID] AA11625039