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Order of question presentation and correlation between judgments of comparative and own risk

Gold, Ron and Barclay, Alicia 2006, Order of question presentation and correlation between judgments of comparative and own risk, Psychological reports, vol. 99, pp. 794-798, doi: 10.2466/PR0.99.7.794-798.

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Title Order of question presentation and correlation between judgments of comparative and own risk
Author(s) Gold, Ron
Barclay, Alicia
Journal name Psychological reports
Volume number 99
Start page 794
End page 798
Publisher Ammons Scientific Ltd.
Place of publication Missoula, Mont.
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0033-2941
1558-691X
Summary Unrealistic optimism is often assessed using a single question asking for an estimate of comparative risk. However, it has been proposed that individuals treat such a question essentially as though it were only about their own risk. This proposal leads to the prediction that, when the questions about own risk and comparative risk are asked in sequence, the correlation between the resulting estimates should be lower if the question about own risk comes first than if the question about comparative risk comes first. This prediction was tested using a student sample (N=68). Participants answered the two types of question in sequence, with order of presentation being counterbalanced. Results were in accord with the prediction. Possible reasons are advanced for individuals' answering questions about comparative risk as if the questions concerned their own risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.2466/PR0.99.7.794-798
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Ammons Scientific
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003689

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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