Personality, risky health behavior, and perceived susceptibility to health risks

Vollrath, M.; Knoch, D.; Cassano, L. (1999). Personality, risky health behavior, and perceived susceptibility to health risks. European journal of personality, 13(1), pp. 39-50. Wiley 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0984

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We examined the relations between personality (Five-Factor Model), risky health behaviours, and perceptions of susceptibility to health risks among 683 university students. The hypothesis was that personality would affect perceptions of susceptibility to health risks in two ways: directly, irrespective of risky health behaviours, and indirectly, through the effects of personality on risky health behaviours. The students were surveyed about smoking, being drunk, drunk driving, risky sexual behaviour, and perceptions of susceptibility to related health risks. In path-analytical models we found the expected direct and indirect effects. The personality dimensions of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness had negative direct effects on perceptions of susceptibility as well as negative indirect effects through risky health behaviours. Neuroticism was the only personality dimension to show positive direct effects on perceptions of susceptibility as well as negative indirect effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Knoch, Daria

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0890-2070

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2015 09:28

Last Modified:

04 Feb 2015 09:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/(SICI)1099-0984

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62278

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