Date of Award

7-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Department of Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Clark White

Abstract

This study examined the attitudes and beliefs of college age students about euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. It compared the attitudes of college students at Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University and how those differed from other groups. It assumed that race, age, and gender would have an impact on the attitudes and beliefs of college students concerning euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and a terminal illness. The approach used to gather this information was to distribute a questionnaire to Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University students in the Atlanta area. The findings revealed that the majority of students were in favor of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide and thought these practices should be legalized. The conclusions drawn from this study suggest that race, age, and gender do have an influence on attitudes and physician assisted suicide. These students support the legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. A significant majority of them thought they should have the right to do so if they themselves had a terminal illness.

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