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ERIC Number: ED058938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 35
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Consistency in Children's Perceptions of Vulnerability to Health Problems.
Gochman, David S.; And Others
This study continued to replicate and extend research dealing with children's perceptions of vulnerability to health problems. Responses of 774 children, 8 to 17 years old, to 15 questions about the likelihood of encountering various health problems confirmed previous results indicating that perceived vulnerability is consistent across health problems. Perceptions of vulnerability were predictably less consistent in younger children than in older ones. Moreover, a consistent pattern of expectancies was found that was not affected by age, sex, or socioeconomic factors measured in terms of area of residence. These results have relevance for public health professionals concerned with the content and timing of educational programs. Evidence continues to suggest that health educators interested in heightening children's perceptions of vulnerability, as a first step in shaping or inducing adaptive health behaviors, might find it appropriate to deal with a child's entire set of such perceptions rather than with the expectancies of one particular problem. There is some evidence that suggests that dental health education programs be included in a comprehensive health education program. (Author/DB)
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