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Death and Adjustment Hypotheses is a pair of multidimensional theory on the phenomenon of death.[1] This early twenty-first century theory of Scientific Thanatology and Human Development gives death centrality for human life.[2][3] It is one of the few theories that focus very specifically on the phenomenon of death taking human reactions to it to task.[4] Mohammad Samir Hossain, a mental health researcher and physician, primarily postulated the theory demanding death as not the end of existence and that we should abandon the focus of death as an endpoint, and instead think of death as a part of an ongoing process.[5]

In 2007, Hossain postulated in two parts[6] that adjustment to death is hampered by our preconceived misconceptions about the phenomenon of death. According to the theory, the prevailing predominant concept that our existence absolutely ends with death should be converted to something like, “death does not cause absolute end to existence”. It emphasizes that if the conceptualization changes this way, it might also enhance our healthy adaptation to the phenomenon of death. Nevertheless, as per the second part of this theory, such change in conceptualization can only occur when human morality attains a certain level as decay or deterioration of traditional concept of death is very much connected to the code of ethics and beliefs.[7] In 2008, Hossain’s elaborated version of the theory proposed itself as the remedy to most mental health problems present in modern human life.[8] Studies with especial interest towards spirituality, backing up the construction of the theory[9][10] connects it to Spirituality in Mental Health Science as well.

Death and Adjustment Hypotheses, Part – I

Declaration

"Phenomenon of death, for the purpose of scientific and educational activity, should not be regarded or defined as something that brings absolute end to one’s existence. Rather it should be regarded as an important event in every human’s life that is mandatory for all as a rule of nature. This will not only conceptualize death perfectly, but also help its healthy accommodation in our life."[11]

Death and Adjustment Hypotheses, Part – II

Declaration

"Restraining the desire for materialistic life by the adoption of morality is needed for satisfactory accommodation of the persistence of existence after death concept that should further lead to a healthy accommodation of the phenomenon of death."[12]

Integrated declaration of the Death and adjustment hypotheses (I & II)

"Our current stance about death, based on the perception of permanent cessation of existence, has no scientific basis. Epistemologically, it is a wrong information. The opposite perception denoting existence after death is scientifically unapproachable, but epistemologically acceptable when approached. The perception of ceasing to exist is also unhealthy and causing continuous harmful changes at personal and social levels. Thus, as a natural consequence, healthy accommodation of the phenomenon of death in our life is practically absent. So death, at least for the purpose of scientific and educational activities, should be regarded or defined as something very significant that does not necessarily bring absolute end to one’s existence. View towards moral attitude is strongly connected to such practical improvement in the concept. Adoption of stronger morality by restraining the desire for materialistic life can lead to a satisfactory accommodation of the ‘persistence of existence after death’ concept; because, historically, negative attitude towards ‘moral ethics in life’ was the main factor that provoked significant deterioration in the concept and attitude towards death. Adoption of this methodologically redefined concept of death should lead us to a better and healthy attitude with a healthy accommodation of ‘death’ in life. Also it might help to arrest the deteriorating changes in our civilization."[13]

Death Adjustment Disorder (DAD)

Based on the Death and Adjustment Hypotheses, this new diagnosis has been proposed in the same publication containing the hypotheses. It mainly covers the pathological patterns of adjustment with the phenomenon of death assessed with the help of DRS Scale.[14] Scores from 3 to 6 in DRS Scale indicates a positive diagnosis of DAD in a person. However, this diagnosis is at the stage of proposal and no approval from the authorities like APA or WHO has been obtained in support of it until now.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ Siddique, M Z, 2009, 'Reviewing the Phenomenon of Death—A Scientific Effort from the Islamic World', Death Studies, 33:2, 190 — 195
  2. ^ Siddique, M Z, 2009, 'Reviewing the Phenomenon of Death—A Scientific Effort from the Islamic World', Death Studies, 33:2, 190 — 195
  3. ^ Additional Lifespan Development Topics – Development During Adulthood, Published by McGraw-Hill Companies at http://www.highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0078883601/680442/ Additional_Lifespan_Development_Topics.pdf
  4. ^ Additional Lifespan Development Topics – Development During Adulthood, Published by McGraw-Hill Companies at http://www.highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0078883601/680442/ Additional_Lifespan_Development_Topics.pdf
  5. ^ Additional Lifespan Development Topics – Development During Adulthood, Published by McGraw-Hill Companies at http://www.highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0078883601/680442/ Additional_Lifespan_Development_Topics.pdf
  6. ^ Hossain, Mohammad Samir, 2007, Quest for a New Death: Death and Adjustment Hypotheses, BookSurge Publishing, SC, USA
  7. ^ Hossain, M S, 2008, Does Religiosity Help Muslims Adjust to Death: A Research Note, OMEGA, Vol. 57(1) 113-119
  8. ^ Hossain, M S, 2008, Human Immortality: Death and Adjustment Hypotheses Elaborated. SC: Book Surge Publishing
  9. ^ Hossain, M S, Siddique, M Z and Chowdhury, T R, 2007, Impacts and adjustments of the phenomenon, "Death," in Bangladeshi Muslims with Different Extents of Religiosity. Current Research in Social Psychology, 12, 179 – 185
  10. ^ Hossain, M S, Siddique, M Z, 2007, Psychological acceptability of the scientific concept of death among average healthy adults. Journal of the Medical College for Women and Hospital, ISSN 1996 – 0468, Vol- 4, No – 2, July 2007
  11. ^ Hossain, M.S. (2007). Section - IV: Synopsis, in Quest for a New Death. ISBN 978-1-4196-8454-8. SC, USA: BookSurge
  12. ^ Hossain, M.S. (2007). Section: IV – Synopsis, in Quest for a New Death. ISBN 978-1-4196-8454-8. SC, USA: BookSurge
  13. ^ Hossain, M.S. (2007). Integrated declaration of the hypotheses, in Section: IV – Synopsis, in Quest for a New Death. ISBN 978-1-4196-8454-8. SC, USA: BookSurge
  14. ^ Hossain, M.S. (2007). Appendix, in Quest for a New Deatj. ISBN 978-1-4196-8454-8. SC, USA: BookSurge
  15. ^ Hossain, M.S. (2007). Death Adjustment Disorder (DAD), A Proposed Diagnosis, Chapter – 46, Section: IV – Synopsis, in Quest for a New Death. ISBN 978-1-4196-8454-8. SC, USA: BookSurge

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