Death and Dying: An Investigation of Factors that Influence Support for Euthanasia among Thai People
Keywords:Euthanasia, Active Euthanasia, Passive Euthanasia, Non-Voluntary Euthanasia, Voluntary Euthanasia
The present study investigated how Thai people regard euthanasia and their level of support for different types of euthanasia (e.g., active versus passive, voluntary versus non-voluntary). A total of 1,928 participants voluntarily filled in the study’s questionnaire. Exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory (CFA) factor analysis of the Euthanasia Scale (Ho, 1998) identified and confirmed a two-factor structure that emphasized the voluntary-non-voluntary dimensions of euthanasia. The findings also parallel those obtained from Ho’s (1998) Australian study and suggest that Thais and Australians hold similar beliefs about the concept of autonomy, a concept that emphasizes the individual’s right to make decisions for themselves on the style and quality of their lives.