When do next-of-kin opt-in? Anticipated regret, affective attitudes and donating deceased family member's organs

Lee Shepherd, Ronan O'Carroll

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Abstract

This research assessed whether affective factors promote and prevent family members from donating their loved one's organs. Participants (N = 191) imagined that a family member had died and that they had to decide whether or not to donate their organs and body parts for transplantation purposes. The least organs and body parts were donated when the deceased opposed donation. Moreover, participants who were not registered organ donors donated fewer organs than registered donors. This effect was mediated by anticipated regret, disgust and the perceived benefits of donation. Organ donation campaigns should target such factors to increase donor rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1508-1517
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume19
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2014

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