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Ann Behav Med. 2015 Aug;49(4):616-21. doi: 10.1007/s12160-014-9679-7.

Information Avoidance Tendencies, Threat Management Resources, and Interest in Genetic Sequencing Feedback.

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National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 3E642, Bethesda, MD, 20892-9761, USA, jennifer.taber@nih.gov.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Information avoidance is a defensive strategy that undermines receipt of potentially beneficial but threatening health information and may especially occur when threat management resources are unavailable.

PURPOSE:

We examined whether individual differences in information avoidance predicted intentions to receive genetic sequencing results for preventable and unpreventable (i.e., more threatening) disease and, secondarily, whether threat management resources of self-affirmation or optimism mitigated any effects.

METHODS:

Participants (N = 493) in an NIH study (ClinSeq®) piloting the use of genome sequencing reported intentions to receive (optional) sequencing results and completed individual difference measures of information avoidance, self-affirmation, and optimism.

RESULTS:

Information avoidance tendencies corresponded with lower intentions to learn results, particularly for unpreventable diseases. The association was weaker among individuals higher in self-affirmation or optimism, but only for results regarding preventable diseases.

CONCLUSIONS:

Information avoidance tendencies may influence decisions to receive threatening health information; threat management resources hold promise for mitigating this association.

PMID:
25582989
PMCID:
PMC4498968
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-014-9679-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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