Moderating effects of meaning in life on the relationship between depression and self-competence in death work among helping professionals

Wallace Chi Ho Chan*, Agnes Fong Tin, Adrienne Lei Yung Wong

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This study aims to examine the relationships of self-competence in death work (SC-DW) with meaning in life (MIL) and depression, particularly the moderating effects of MIL on the relationship between depression and SC-DW. A total of 151 helping professionals completed a questionnaire. SC-DW showed negative and positive significant associations with depression and MIL, respectively. MIL was the moderator between depression and SC-DW. At the same depression level, helping professionals who experienced a higher level of MIL indicated a higher level of SC-DW, and particularly a higher level of emotional competence in death work. Implications on supporting helping professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-602
Number of pages9
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number8
Early online date7 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2021
Externally publishedYes

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