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Event valence and unrealistic optimism: further evidence.
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PMID:  15587209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Unrealistic optimism is assessed using either a single question, the rating of own likelihood of experiencing an event compared to that of the average person, or two questions, separate rating of own likelihood and that of the average person. The effect of event valence on unrealistic optimism was studied in a sample of 175 students using the two-question measure. Valence was manipulated to be positive, i.e., outcome was desirable, or negative, i.e., outcome was undesirable, by 'framing' the same event appropriately. Unrealistic optimism was greater for negative than positive valence. The effect was of the same direction and magnitude as that found by Gold and Martyn (2003) using the single-question measure. The relationship between event valence and unrealistic optimism does not depend on whether unrealistic optimism is assessed with one or two questions.
Ron S Gold; Kate Martyn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological reports     Volume:  95     ISSN:  0033-2941     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Rep     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-10     Completed Date:  2005-01-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376475     Medline TA:  Psychol Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  464-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
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Life Change Events*

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