In this study the factor structure of the Death Obsession Scale (DOS) was examined using
confirmatory factor analysis. Data used consisted of DOS reports of 328 Black African students.
Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that two- and three-factor models obtained among female
and male African students, respectively, provided the best fit to the data. The two factors in female
African students were Death Rumination and Apprehension, and the three factors of their male
counterparts were Death Ruminations, Apprehension, and Comprehensibility of Death. Factor
intercorrelations did not resolve the dimensionality issue of the measure, leading to the conclusion
that the factors must be investigated further.