Author(s): Meryem Berrin BULUT, Mark McDERMOTT, Oona McEWAN
Death is an inevitable reality in our lives. Unlike other living beings, humans are aware of their mortality and this awareness creates anxiety. The main purpose of this study is adapting ‘‘The Multidimensional Mortality Awareness Measure’’ which was developed by Levasseur, McDermott, & Lafreniere (2015), to Turkish language and culture and examining the psychometric properties of this scale. In total 795 college students from a state university at Central Anatolia participated voluntarily in this study. Data were collected utilizing The Multidimensional Mortality Awareness Measure, Death Anxiety Scale and personal information form. Data were analyzed by using quantitative analysis techniques. In the analysis process of the data, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, Cronbach Alpha internal consistency coefficients, split-half reliability coefficients and Pearson Product Moment correlations were used. The exploratory factor analysis results showed that a 5 factor 30 item scale is obtained. The scale factors explain 50.96 % of the variance. The confirmatory factor analysis results showed that all fit indices (χ2/df= 1.45; CFI= 0.94; GFI= 0.90; IFI= 0.94; TLI= 0.93 and RMSEA= 0.04) were at acceptable limits. The Cronbach Alpha internal consistency coefficient fort he whole questionnaire is 0.79 and the split-half reliability coefficient is 0.74. It has also been shown that there is a significant correlation between The Multidimensional Mortality Awareness Measure and Death Anxiety Scale of Thorson and Powell. Based on these findings, it was concluded that the translated version of The Multidimensional Mortality Awareness Measure can be used as a valid and reliable instrument in Turkey.