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Lack of reassurance after unexpected positive health risk feedback : an analysis of temporal dynamics

Lack of reassurance after unexpected positive health risk feedback : an analysis of temporal dynamics

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KOLLMANN, Josianne, Fridtjof W. NUSSBECK, Nadine C. LAGES, Luka Johanna DEBBELER, Harald T. SCHUPP, Britta RENNER, 2021. Lack of reassurance after unexpected positive health risk feedback : an analysis of temporal dynamics. In: Health psychology and behavioral medicine. Routledge. 9(1), pp. 322-337. eISSN 2164-2850. Available under: doi: 10.1080/21642850.2021.1913168

@article{Kollmann2021-04-13reass-55804, title={Lack of reassurance after unexpected positive health risk feedback : an analysis of temporal dynamics}, year={2021}, doi={10.1080/21642850.2021.1913168}, number={1}, volume={9}, journal={Health psychology and behavioral medicine}, pages={322--337}, author={Kollmann, Josianne and Nussbeck, Fridtjof W. and Lages, Nadine C. and Debbeler, Luka Johanna and Schupp, Harald T. and Renner, Britta} }

2021-12-09T09:09:49Z Kollmann, Josianne eng Lages, Nadine C. Introduction<br />How do people receive unexpected positive health risk information? While common motivational accounts predict acceptance, consistency accounts such as the cue-adaptive reasoning account (CARA) predict a ‘lack of reassurance’.<br />Objectives<br />We therefore tested (1) whether people prefer striving for positivity or retaining a sense of self-consistency (‘lack of reassurance’), and (2) if there are systematic differences in short- and long-term reception, which would indicate temporal dynamics in processing.<br />Methods<br />As part of a longitudinal cohort study, participants of a community health screening (N = 1,055) received their actual cholesterol readings. Feedback reception was assessed immediately, at one month and six months.<br />Results<br />Processing trajectories for unexpected positive feedback showed a significant ‘lack of reassurance’ effect over time compared with expected positive feedback, while unexpected negative feedback was less threatening than expected negative feedback.<br />Conclusions<br />The perseverance of this ‘lack of reassurance’ over time indicates that striving for consistency in self-views is a robust phenomenon, even if it means forfeiting a better view of one’s own health. Renner, Britta Debbeler, Luka Johanna Debbeler, Luka Johanna Nussbeck, Fridtjof W. Lages, Nadine C. Nussbeck, Fridtjof W. Schupp, Harald T. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Kollmann, Josianne Renner, Britta 2021-04-13 2021-12-09T09:09:49Z Schupp, Harald T. Lack of reassurance after unexpected positive health risk feedback : an analysis of temporal dynamics

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