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Different trends in euthanasia acceptance across Europe. A study of 13 Western and 10 central and eastern European countries, 1981-2008
Vrije Universiteit Brussel.ORCID iD: ncarpent
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 23, no 3, 378-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examined how acceptance of euthanasia among the general public has changed between 1981 and 2008 in western and central and eastern European (CEE) countries using data of the European Values Surveys. Data were collected in 1981, 1990, 1999 and 2008 for 13 western European countries and in 1990, 1999 and 2008 for 10 CEE countries. Euthanasia acceptance increased each decade up until 2008 in 11 of 13 western European countries; in CEE countries, it decreased or did not increase between 1999-2008 in 8 of 10 countries. A number of explanations for and implications of this apparent east-west polarization are suggested.

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2013. Vol. 23, no 3, 378-380 p.
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attitudes, cross cultural comparison, europe, euthanasia
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Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-278558DiVA: diva2:906655
Available from: 2016-02-24 Created: 2016-02-24 Last updated: 2016-02-25

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