Resistance of personal risk perceptions to debiasing interventions.

  title={Resistance of personal risk perceptions to debiasing interventions.},
  author={Neil D. Weinstein and William M P Klein},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  volume={14 2},
The tendency to believe that one's own risk is less than that of others may reduce interest in health-protective behaviors. This article describes 4 attempts to reduce such optimistic biases. In Study 1, New Jersey residents (N = 222) were provided with lists of risk factors for several health problems. This manipulation was strengthened in Study 2 by presenting risk factors in such a way that participants (164 undergraduates) might see their own standing as inferior to that of others. In Study… CONTINUE READING