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dc.contributor.supervisor McBride, Dawn Lorraine
dc.contributor.author Karesa, Sarah
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-03T19:43:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-03T19:43:19Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3709
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigated, through an online survey, (a) the opinions of Canadian registered psychologists on the practice of assisted death, (b) the demographic factors that predict these responses, (c) the knowledge that Canadian psychologists have surrounding assisted death, and (d) the confidence this population has in their abilities and training for assessing competency in those who request assisted death. This research topic is of significant value given that there has been no published data on this topic specific to this target population. In total, 97 participants were recruited from the Canadian Psychological Association Research Portal, Facebook advertising, and provincial and territorial psychological associations. Descriptive and nonparametric statistics were used. The data demonstrated that studied psychologists support physician-assisted death for terminal, but not mental, illness. This support was related to the presence of several demographic variables including religion, professional specialty, and number of years as a registered psychologist. Studied psychologists had limited confidence in their ability to assess the competency of terminally ill individuals. As a result, participants expressed an interest in professional training. Psychologists, in this thesis research, appeared to have limited knowledge regarding the practices that constitute assisted death. This was demonstrated to be inconsistent with the results found in the literature. Implications for this study include a new perspective being added to the debate on assisted death as well recognition that psychologists may have an important role to play in the legalization and regulation of these controversial practices. Future directions for research, policy, and professional development are provided. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education)
dc.subject psychologist en_US
dc.subject assisted death en_US
dc.subject euthanasia en_US
dc.subject perception en_US
dc.subject survey en_US
dc.title Live or let die : perceptions of Canadian psychologists on assisted death en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Education en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0347 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0621 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0622 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US
dc.embargo No en_US


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