Researcher Effects on Mortality Salience Research: A Meta-Analytic Moderator Analysis

Chih Long Yen, Chung Ping Cheng

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A recent meta-analysis of 164 terror management theory (TMT) papers indicated that mortality salience (MS) yields substantial effects (r =.35) on worldview and self-esteem-related dependent variables (B. L. Burke, A. Martens, & E. H. Faucher, 2010). This study reanalyzed the data to explore the researcher effects of TMT. By cluster-analyzing the authorships of each study, two major TMT research teams were identified, namely, an American team (Team A) and an Israeli team (Team I). The majority of MS experiments were conducted by or related to a small number of researchers (Team A, 50.2%). The average effect size of Team A (r =.41) was significantly greater than that of other researchers (r =.30). Further analysis revealed that cultural differences found in TMT research may be due to the teams themselves, rather than to sample regions. The reasons behind these findings are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-652
Number of pages17
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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