College students' perceived disease risk versus actual prevalence rates

Matthew Lee Smith, Justin B. Dickerson, Erica T. Sosa, E. Lisako, J. McKyer, Marcia G. Ory

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Chronic disease prevalence
  • College students
  • Knowledge of risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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