Death, attractiveness, moral conduct, and attitudes to public figures

Adrian North, Lorraine Sheridan

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    Abstract

    In this study, 2,894 participants rated attitudes toward their favorite public figure on the Celebrity Attitude Scale. It was noted whether each figure was alive or dead, and a panel of four independent judges assessed each in terms of their moral conduct and physical attractiveness. Dead figures appealed less and were subject to lower "intense personal" celebrity worship, and death was unrelated to "borderline pathological" and "deleterious imitation" celebrity worship. Physical attractiveness was positively related to overall celebrity worship and "intense personal" celebrity worship, but negatively related to "borderline pathological" and "deleterious imitation" celebrity worship. Moral conduct was associated negatively with "deleterious imitation" celebrity worship. Results are discussed briefly in terms of their implications for research on physical attractiveness and "copycat suicide.".

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-363
    Number of pages13
    JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
    Volume60
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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