Judging health status: effects of perceived prevalence and personal relevance.

@article{Jemmott1986JudgingHS,
  title={Judging health status: effects of perceived prevalence and personal relevance.},
  author={J. Jemmott and P. Ditto and R. Croyle},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1986},
  volume={50 5},
  pages={
          899-905
        }
}
In this article, we show that people's evaluations of the seriousness of a health disorder are influenced by the perceived prevalence and personal relevance of that disorder. As part of a study ostensibly concerned with college students' health characteristics, 60 undergraduates were "tested" for the presence of a fictitious enzyme deficiency. The subjects discovered either that they had the deficiency (deficiency-present subjects) or that they did not have it (deficiency-absent subjects), and… Expand
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