Topics: Psychometrics, Death, Assessment Pages: 12 (4455 words) Published: September 8, 2013
Bugen’s Coping with Death Scale is merely one of many different forms of psychological tests and measurements that assess a person’s level of coping and thoughts based on death and dying. The instrument involves specific testing methods, validity and reliability will be present and we will be able to compare to other measurements and tests that do not uphold proper psychometric properties necessary to promote success for a professional who is attempting to promote alleviation of grief based on adequate coping. With different forms of treatment for grief and ways of coping, the chances of success are higher due to the ability to re-create Bugen’s test and alter it if need be according to the population.

With all the psychological assessment instruments out there, finding the perfect one is never easy. Having an idea on which type is needed makes it somewhat easier. For this particular review, we are assessing Bugen’s Death and Coping Scale. This scale consists of different questions that the participant completes to help the assessor be able to gauge how the method of coping with death will work, what the participant is likely to respond to the best, and if this test is even reliable and valid for this type of person in the first place (Young, 1993).

This literature review pertains to my future occupation by assisting me in my work as a mortician. With death comes obvious grief, and coping. It is ultimately a normal component of emotional health and who we are. By choosing this instrument to use as a critical review option, it will be a nice addition of knowledge to take further along the journey to promote success for my career long-term.

The psychological components that are most relevant in this instrument are two main parts. The first is the coping with the thought of death and ideas of the self, and the thoughts of death and the ideas of others. The closest theories in relation to this particular death scale instrument are the Coping Inventory that portrays a clinical interview. It involves different ways that people avoid stress by doing activities or changing their behavior or thoughts. Bugen’s scale shows how people cope based on either their experiences in life or specific death experiences and how they handle them through behavior and thoughts (Kaplan, 2013). Personality would be the focus of this literature review because coping through death would be more focused on how a person’s personality would react, and learn from different methods and therapies based on that individual’s personal unique mind and therefore, personality.

Bugen used the Coping with Death Scale to evaluate a person’s abilities to cope in different scenarios concerning death. The instrument is currently being used in its initial way, but in many universities it is being tweaked somewhat to utilize only parts of the test and add other parts to it. The initial test held validity and reliability, but over time, as with technology, growth and advancement form, and the same happened with this instrument (Young, 1993). Article Summaries

In the first article in relation to Bugen’s Coping with Death Scale, this article gives examples of different ways that death scales can go above just a few components of testing in order to find different methods of coping. Death is inevitable and naturally everyone at some point will deal with it at their own time in their own way. In this article the scales of different methods of evaluation give different options in ways to administer the instrument. The scales can incorporate grief training, personal experience with grief, and the instrument can evaluate how a person not only deals with death personally, but also professionally. Many people would not have been as aware of their own emotional status and thoughts on death prior to such coping scales as that of Bugen’s, but adding additional components with other variations of the test to improve the efficacy of the reliability...

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