The Role of Optimism in Health-Enhancing Behavior
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between levels of optimism and participation in health-enhancing behaviors.
METHODS: A convenience sample of volunteers obtained from undergraduate psychology classes (N=118) completed self-report measures of optimism and current health habits. They also predicted their use of various health strategies should they be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. RESULTS: Analyses revealed a positive association between scores on the measure of optimism and both of the health measures.
CONCLUSIONS: The study extended earlier findings of a positive relationship between optimism and health-enhancing behaviors and demonstrated that this relationship can be observed for general health habits as well as in the context of a specific health threat.
American Journal of Health Behavior
Hailey, B. J.
(2001). The Role of Optimism in Health-Enhancing Behavior. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25(4), 388-395.
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