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Symptom representations and affect as determinants of care seeking in a community-dwelling, adult sample population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8500446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The cognitive and emotional determinants of health-care utilization were assessed for middle-aged and older adults matched on age, gender, and health status. Both members of a pair were interviewed when either initiated a medical visit. Interviews were based on a self-regulatory model that assumed that Ss would use symptoms to create and update representations and coping procedures. Care seekers reported more symptoms than did matched controls but did not report more symptoms than did matched controls with new symptoms. The mere presence of atypical symptoms was insufficient to trigger care seeking. Care seeking is driven by well-developed representations of a serious health threat, perceptions of inability to cope with the threat, advice to seek care, and life stress.
L Cameron; E A Leventhal; H Leventhal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0278-6133     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Psychol     Publication Date:  1993 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-06-30     Completed Date:  1993-06-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211523     Medline TA:  Health Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Saint Joseph's University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Health Services / utilization*
Life Change Events
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Stress, Psychological / psychology
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