ERIC Number: EJ973695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
College Students' Perceived Disease Risk versus Actual Prevalence Rates
Smith, Matthew Lee; Dickerson, Justin B.; Sosa, Erica T.; McKyer, E. Lisako J.; Ory, Marcia G.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v36 n1 p96-106 Jan 2012
Objective: To compare college students' perceived disease risk with disease prevalence rates. Methods: Data were analyzed from 625 college students collected with an Internet-based survey. Paired t-tests were used to separately compare participants' perceived 10-year and lifetime disease risk for 4 diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and overweight/obesity. Results: Respondents estimated their risk of developing heart disease as lower than cancer, yet rated their risk of developing heart disease as higher than diabetes and being overweight/obese. Conclusion: Incongruence between college students' perceived disease risk and disease prevalence rates calls for improved public health education.
Descriptors: College Students, Obesity, Health Education, Heart Disorders, Incidence, Diabetes, Public Health, Cancer, At Risk Persons, Diseases, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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