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Negative side-effects of information on treatment success regarding heart diseases and cancer on people’s health behaviors.

Social Psychology

For different reasons health charity or scientific organizations inform people that certain diseases “can be cured in the near future”. However, the information on treatment success may undermine people’s motivation to behave healthy. To be able to control this problem, we need insight into the mechanisms that are involved. The four-year PhD project is planned as a systematic line of studies to address this problem. In the first phase (the diagnostic phase) the frequency and intensity of the extent to which people are exposed to Treatment Success Information (TSI) will be studied in the field. In the second phase (the first testing phase), the effects of TSI on attitude towards the scientific organization, the intention to donate to health charity, Quality of Life, and Health Behavior will be assessed. In the third phase (the second testing phase), it will be investigated how the negative side-effect can be prevented by re-formulating the TSI information or providing a specific context to it. The fourth phase (the action phase) will consist of developing and publishing guidelines to prevent the side-effects.

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology
  • Yingqiu Wu, Social Psychology
  • Arie Dijkstra, Social Psychology
  • Simon Dalley, Social Psychology

University's focus areas

  • Healthy Ageing
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