Psychological impact of receiving genetic risk information for breast cancer, with and without lifestyle information

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Title Psychological impact of receiving genetic risk information for breast cancer, with and without lifestyle information
Author Ugalde, Anna; Martin, Paul; Rees, Gwyneth
Journal Name Australian Journal of Psychology
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Abstract The psychological impact of receiving hypothetical genetic risk information for breast cancer, with and without lifestyle information, was investigated. The psychological responses included in the study were drawn from three theories of behaviour change and included perceived risk, beliefs in health behaviours, motivations to change health behaviours, and use of coping strategies. Vignettes were used to present hypothetical risk information to 198 female university students. Results indicated that lifestyle information had an impact on psychological measures, in particular, increased beliefs in health behaviours, increased motivation for exercise, and decreased rational problem solving. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049530701449497
Volume 60
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 9
ISSN 0004-9530
Date Accessioned 2011-07-22
Language en_AU
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39980
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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