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


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… (More)


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@article{Whalen1994OptimismIC, title={Optimism in children's judgments of health and environmental risks.}, author={Carol K. Whalen and Barbara Henker and R M O'neil and Judy Hollingshead and Alison Holman and Bernice A. Moore}, journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association}, year={1994}, volume={13 4}, pages={319-25} }