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Smoking, seat-belt use and perception of health risks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6880928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As part of a study of perception of risks involved in health-related activities, 159 students (aged 16-21 years) rated 15 such activities in terms of perceived benefit, perceived risk, perceived likelihood of mishap and acceptability of present level of risk. After exclusion of 28 ex-smokers, subjects were classified into smokers vs. non-smokers, users vs. non-users of seat-belts, males vs. females and first-borns vs. later borns. There were various sex differences but few effects of birth order. Smokers tended to see a less unfavourable trade-off in terms of benefits as against risks for cigarette smoking than did non-smokers. This generalized to their ratings of pot smoking and alcoholic drinks. Non-users of seat-belts were distinguishable from users mainly in seeing greater risk and likelihood of mishap in preventive health measures such as vaccination.
J R Eiser; C M Harding
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Addictive behaviors     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0306-4603     ISO Abbreviation:  Addict Behav     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-09-20     Completed Date:  1983-09-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603486     Medline TA:  Addict Behav     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Seat Belts*

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