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Title: Unrealistic optimism and genetic risk
Authors: Welkenhuysen, Myriam ×
Evers-Kiebooms, Gerry
Decruyenaere, Marleen
Van den Berghe, Herman #
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Psychology & Health vol:11 issue:4 pages:479-492
Abstract: The occurrence of unrealistic optimism with regard to a genetic risk situation was investigated within a group of female adults (study 1) and a group of adolescents (study 2). In both studies, the indirect method of measurement elicited a significant optimistic bias. Contrary to Weinstein (1982, 1987) we found no relation between the direct or indirect measures of unrealistic optimism and personal experience with the risk, perceived frequency of occurrence or perceived preventability of the risk. Trait-Anxiety was significantly related to the extent of unrealistic optimism, but only when the direct measure was used. Together with the fact that the indirect measure resulted in a much stronger bias than the direct one, this suggests that there exists an important difference between both measures. Further research on the measurement of unrealistic optimism and on its determinants in specific risk situations is needed.
ISSN: 0887-0446
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Genetics Section (-)
Health Psychology
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
Field of Study Social and Community Work Odisee
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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