Burial rituals and cultural changes in the polish community - a qualitative study

Igor Pietkiewicz


The aim of this study was to explore cultural factors affecting burial rituals in Poland. Thirty-four university students collected data from their relatives and created written narratives about deaths in their families or community. Ten additional interviews were conducted with community members, a priest, and medical personnel as part of theoretical sampling and verification of emerging theories. The qualitative material was administered with NVivo and analysed using the Grounded Theory techniques to produce a complex description of folk beliefs, superstitions, as well as symbolic and psychological meaning ascribed to traditional customs. Some of the practices were found susceptible to extinction due to industrialisation, globalisation, and cultural development.
Author Igor Pietkiewicz (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Katowicach)
Igor Pietkiewicz,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Katowicach
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets1.05
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2012 = 0.257
Citation count*8 (2021-01-27)
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Dorobek Naukowy - Preview URLhttp://dn.swps.edu.pl/Podglad.aspx?WpisID=9205
Dorobek Naukowy - Approve URLhttp://dn.swps.edu.pl/Biuro/ZatwierdzanieWpisu.aspx?WpisID=9205
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