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Narratives that address affective forecasting errors reduce perceived barriers to colorectal cancer screening.
Narratives from similar others may be an effective way to increase important health behaviors. In this study, we used a narrative intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening. Researchers haveExpand
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Normative misperceptions and temporal precedence of perceived norms and drinking.
OBJECTIVE Previous research has shown that students overestimate the drinking of their peers, and that perceived norms are strongly associated with drinking behavior. Explanations for these findingsExpand
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Risk perception measures' associations with behavior intentions, affect, and cognition following colon cancer screening messages.
OBJECTIVE Risk perception is important for motivating health behavior (e.g., Janz & Becker, 1984), but different measures of the construct may change how important that relationship appears. In twoExpand
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The Dark Side of Optimism: Unrealistic Optimism About Problems With Alcohol Predicts Subsequent Negative Event Experiences
College students were identified who were unrealistically optimistic about the likelihood they would experience severe problems due to alcohol consumption. These individuals were then followed over aExpand
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Unrealistic Optimism in Smokers: Implications for Smoking Myth Endorsement and Self-Protective Motivation
Although some optimists may be accurate in their positive beliefs about the future, others may be unrealistic—their optimism is misplaced. Research shows that some smokers exhibit unrealisticExpand
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Using a Health Message With a Testimonial to Motivate Colon Cancer Screening
Research suggests that testimonials, or first-person narratives, influence health behavior and health-related decision making, but few studies have examined conceptual factors that may be responsibleExpand
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Enhancing the effects of a narrative message through experiential information processing: An experimental study
First-person narratives are becoming a popular means to communicate health risk information. Although studies show they can increase risk perception and motivate health behaviours compared toExpand
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Projection, conformity and deviance regulation: A prospective study of alcohol use
We examine how alcohol-related attitudes and behaviour are related to injunctive and descriptive norms over time, and how these perceptions are linked to the experience of alcohol-related problems.Expand
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The Distinct Role of Comparative Risk Perceptions in a Breast Cancer Prevention Program
BackgroundComparative risk perceptions may rival other types of information in terms of effects on health behavior decisions.PurposeWe examined associations between comparative risk perceptions,Expand
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Health Numeracy
Background and Objective. Existing research concludes that measures of general numeracy can be used to predict individuals’ ability to assess health risks. We posit that the domain in which questionsExpand
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