Optimism in children's judgments of health and environmental risks.

  title={Optimism in children's judgments of health and environmental risks.},
  author={Carol K Whalen and Barbara Henker and Rochelle O'Neil and Judy Hollingshead and Alison Holman and Benjamin Hickerson. Moore},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  volume={13 4},
Although optimistic bias has been well documented for adults, little is known about how children view their own risks vis-à-vis those of their peers. Two studies of 6th graders examined optimism and the degree of differentiation in perceived risks across diverse health, lifestyle, and environmental problems. The findings revealed perceptions of relative invulnerability and highly differentiated risk assessments. The strongest levels of optimism emerged for controllable and stigmatizing events… CONTINUE READING