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ERIC Number: ED473733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 20
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Why It Won't Happen to Me: How Older Adolescents Make Personal Risk Assessments.
Chapin, John; Chirico, JoAnn
This study sought to document optimistic bias among older adolescents in the context of numerous hazards. It was among the first studies to triangulate quantitative and qualitative measures to investigate how individuals make personal risk assessments within the optimistic bias literature. Results from a small-scale survey and follow-up interviews of college students indicate that students exhibit optimistic bias regarding arrest for criminal activity, lung cancer, unplanned pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, alcohol addiction, and violent crime. Consistent with previous research, college students draw considerably from personal experience when making comparative risk assessments. Personal interviews suggest new directions in optimistic bias research, such as the role of the mass media, as well as raising some methodological concerns. (Contains 35 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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