Meta-analysis of the relationship between risk perception and health behavior: the example of vaccination.

  title={Meta-analysis of the relationship between risk perception and health behavior: the example of vaccination.},
  author={Noel T. Brewer and Gretchen B. Chapman and Frederick X. Gibbons and Meg Gerrard and Kevin Mccaul and Neil D. Weinstein},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  volume={26 2},
  • N. BrewerG. Chapman N. Weinstein
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
BACKGROUND Risk perceptions are central to many health behavior theories. However, the relationship between risk perceptions and behavior, muddied by instances of inappropriate assessment and analysis, often looks weak. METHOD A meta-analysis of eligible studies assessing the bivariate association between adult vaccination and perceived likelihood, susceptibility, or severity was conducted. RESULTS Thirty-four studies met inclusion criteria (N = 15,988). Risk likelihood (pooled r = .26… 

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