Age and Ethnic Differences in Cold Weather and Contagion Theories of Colds and Flu

  title={Age and Ethnic Differences in Cold Weather and Contagion Theories of Colds and Flu},
  author={Carol Sigelman},
  journal={Health Education \& Behavior},
  pages={67 - 76}
  • C. Sigelman
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Psychology
  • Health Education & Behavior
Age and ethnic group differences in cold weather and contagion or germ theories of infectious disease were explored in two studies. A cold weather theory was frequently invoked to explain colds and to a lesser extent flu but became less prominent with age as children gained command of a germ theory of disease. Explanations of how contact with other people causes disease were more causally sophisticated than explanations of how cold weather causes it. Finally, Mexican American and other minority… 

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