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Rieger, Diana; Frischlich, Lena; Hoegden, Fabia; Kauf, Robert; Schramm, Kristina and Tappe, Erzsebet (2015): Appreciation in the Face of Death: Meaningful Films Buffer Against Death-Related Anxiety. In: Journal of Communication, Vol. 65, No. 2: pp. 351-372

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Entertainment media are found to evoke appreciation when they deal with topics such as moral virtues, values, or questions of sense in life. Drawing upon terror management theory, we question whether meaningful media can also serve as anxiety buffer shielding against the threat of death, as they transport cultural worldviews and enhance self-esteem

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