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Self-Esteem, Self-Serving Cognitions, and Health Risk Behavior

Self-Esteem, Self-Serving Cognitions, and Health Risk Behavior,10.1111/1467-6494.00131,Journal of Personality,Meg Gerrard,Frederick X. Gibbons,Monica

Self-Esteem, Self-Serving Cognitions, and Health Risk Behavior   (Citations: 23)
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ABSTRACT The current article reviews prospective and experimental re- search on the relation between,self-esteem and perceptions of vulnerability. These studies demonstrate that individuals with high self-esteem who,engage in risk behavior often utilize a variety of self-serving cognitive strategies that protect them,from fully acknowledging,their vulnerability to the potential negative consequences of their behavior; e.g., they minimize their estimates of personal risk and overestimate the prevalence of the risk behavior among,their peers. The article also provides data on an additional self-serving cognitive strategy employed,by adolescents with high self-esteem—alteration of percep- tions of others’ reactions to their own risk behavior. Finally, the article reviews the emerging,literature on the relation between these cognitive strategies and Journal of Personality 68:6, December 2000.
Journal: Journal of Personality - J PERSONALITY , vol. 68, no. 6, pp. 1177-1201, 2000
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