Psychological factors influencing self-assessments of health: toward an understanding of the mechanisms underlying how people rate their own health.

@article{Mora2008PsychologicalFI,
  title={Psychological factors influencing self-assessments of health: toward an understanding of the mechanisms underlying how people rate their own health.},
  author={Pablo A. Mora and Marco daCosta Dibonaventura and Ellen Idler and E A Elaine A Leventhal and Howard Leventhal},
  journal={Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={36 3},
  pages={292-303}
}
BACKGROUND Research in the past 20 years has shown that self-assessed health (SAH) is a consistent and reliable predictor of health outcomes. However, it is still unclear what factors are responsible for the association of SAH with mortality and other objective health indicators. PURPOSE This study examined the impact of trait positive affect, trait negative affect, and functional limitations (FL) on SAH cross-sectionally and longitudinally. We hypothesized that changes in SAH ratings would… CONTINUE READING

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