Cognitive dissonance and attitudes toward unpleasant medical screenings

  title={Cognitive dissonance and attitudes toward unpleasant medical screenings},
  author={Michael R Ent and M. A. Gerend},
  journal={Journal of Health Psychology},
  pages={2075 - 2084}
Two studies suggest that cognitive dissonance can lead people to adopt negative attitudes toward beneficial—yet unpleasant—medical screenings. People who thought that they were candidates for an unpleasant medical screening reported less favorable attitudes toward the screening than people who thought that they were ineligible (Study 1). The unpleasantness of a medical screening affected candidates’ attitudes toward the screening to a greater extent than non-candidate’s attitudes (Study 2… Expand
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