Racial Differences in Adolescents' Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Injury

Sydney Ey, Lisa M. Klesges, Stephen M. Patterson, Wendy Hadley, Marie Barnard, Bruce S. Alpert

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Abstract

This study examined gender and racial differences in adolescents' risk perceptions of major diseases and motor vehicle injury and whether these perceptions agree with national mortality rates and parental health history. Adolescent (N = 135; 55% African-American) boys and girls reported on their chances compared to other adolescents of developing specific diseases or experiencing a motor vehicle injury and their knowledge ofparental health history. Logistic regression models revealed that girls' risk perceptions were similar to boys' ratings even though females are at less risk than males per national figures. Caucasian adolescents inaccurately perceived that they were at significantly greater risk than African-American peers for motor vehicle injury, stroke, cancer, and heart attack. Adolescents' knowledge of a father's diabetes was predictive of greater perceived vulnerability to diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-435
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Motor Vehicles
Wounds and Injuries
African Americans
Logistic Models
Health
Fathers
Stroke
Myocardial Infarction
Mortality
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Perceived vulnerability
  • Risk perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Ey, S., Klesges, L. M., Patterson, S. M., Hadley, W., Barnard, M., & Alpert, B. S. (2000). Racial Differences in Adolescents' Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Injury. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(5), 421-435. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005568930849

Racial Differences in Adolescents' Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Injury. / Ey, Sydney; Klesges, Lisa M.; Patterson, Stephen M.; Hadley, Wendy; Barnard, Marie; Alpert, Bruce S.

In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2000, p. 421-435.

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Ey, S, Klesges, LM, Patterson, SM, Hadley, W, Barnard, M & Alpert, BS 2000, 'Racial Differences in Adolescents' Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Injury', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 421-435. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1005568930849
Ey, Sydney ; Klesges, Lisa M. ; Patterson, Stephen M. ; Hadley, Wendy ; Barnard, Marie ; Alpert, Bruce S. / Racial Differences in Adolescents' Perceived Vulnerability to Disease and Injury. In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2000 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 421-435.
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