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Health risk perception, optimistic bias, and personal satisfaction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19814599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Richard Br?nstr?m; Yvonne Brandberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of health behavior     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1945-7359     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Health Behav     Publication Date:    2010 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-09     Completed Date:  2010-02-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602338     Medline TA:  Am J Health Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior
Bias (Epidemiology)*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Status Indicators*
Personal Satisfaction*

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