Chapter 3. What are My “Risk” Factors?

  1. Roxanne Parrott

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310832.ch3

Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters

Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters

How to Cite

Parrott, R. (2009) What are My “Risk” Factors?, in Talking about Health: Why Communication Matters, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310832.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177573

Online ISBN: 9781444310832



  • facing competing choices linked to living our lives and balancing risks;
  • “What are my ‘risk’ factors?”;
  • our response to reward cues;
  • our response to punishment cues - worrisome, fearful and anxiety provoking;
  • How We View Novelty - avoiding being “bored to death” by seeking novelty;
  • when one procrastinates - know that “putting it off ” is a decision with health effects, too;
  • what has God to do with it - considering how the ways faith defines rewards and punishments linking to health;
  • talk about health - taking the fun out of life;
  • responding to talk about health with overall identities and resisting things which seem to be at odds with how we see ourselves


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Our Response to Reward Cues

  • Our Response to Punishment Cues

  • How We View Novelty

  • When We Procrastinate

  • What God Has to Do with It

  • Summing It Up …