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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):197-205.

Health risk perception, optimistic bias, and personal satisfaction.

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  • 1Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. richard.branstrom@ki.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine change in risk perception and optimistic bias concerning behavior-linked health threats and environmental health threats between adolescence and young adulthood and how these factors related to personal satisfaction.

METHODS:

In 1996 and 2002, 1624 adolescents responded to a mailed questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Adolescents showed strong positive optimistic bias concerning behaviorlinked risks, and this optimistic bias increased with age. Increase in optimistic bias over time predicted increase in personal satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS:

The capacity to process and perceive potential threats in a positive manner might be a valuable human ability positively influencing personal satisfaction and well-being.

PMID:
19814599
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