Preventive health psychology from a developmental perspective: an extension of protection motivation theory.

@article{Sturges1996PreventiveHP,
  title={Preventive health psychology from a developmental perspective: an extension of protection motivation theory.},
  author={J W Sturges and Ronald W. Rogers},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1996},
  volume={15 3},
  pages={158-66}
}
Theories of health psychology developed to explain adults' rational decision making were applied to 10-year-old children (n = 112), who had not reached the stage of formal operational thought; 15-year-olds (n = 67); and 20-year-olds (n = 93), extending the protection motivation theory developed by R. W. Rogers (1983). Among the adolescents and young adults, the threat appeals worked only if people believed they could cope effectively with the danger; if they believed they could not cope, higher… CONTINUE READING