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Motivations, Death Anxiety, and Empathy in Hospice Volunteers in France.

Abstract : This study examined the motivations for volunteering of hospice volunteers in France. In addition, their levels of death anxiety and empathy were measured and compared with those of French non-hospice volunteers and non-volunteers. Three questionnaires\textemdashthe Inventory of Motivations for Hospice Palliative Care Volunteerism (IMHPCV),1 the Templer/McMordie Death Anxiety Scale², and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index³\textemdashwere sent via an Internet link to 2 hospice volunteer associations and to non-hospice volunteers and non-volunteers (only the hospice volunteers received the IMHPCV). Altruistic motives had the most influence on the respondents' decision to become a hospice volunteer. French hospice volunteers scored significantly lower on 3 categories of motives on the IMHPCV compared to a sample of Canadian hospice palliative care volunteers (study 2),1 suggesting that cultural differences may be involved. No significant differences were found in levels of death anxiety or empathy between the 3 groups of respondents of the study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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Meriem Garbay, Marie-Claire Gay, Stephen Claxton-Oldfield. Motivations, Death Anxiety, and Empathy in Hospice Volunteers in France.. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, SAGE Publications, 2015, 32 (5), pp.521--527. ⟨10.1177/1049909114536978⟩. ⟨hal-01566690⟩



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