I would like to thank Bill Balzer and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. I also would like to thank the following students for their contributions to this research: Tiffany Brotherton, Stacy Huggins, Betsy Mentzer, Cynthia Rose, and Holly Ross.
Accepting or Rejecting Medical Treatment: A Comparison of Decisions Made for Self Versus Those Made for a Significant Other1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 30, Issue 11, pages 2409–2436, November 2000
How to Cite
Raymark, P. H. (2000), Accepting or Rejecting Medical Treatment: A Comparison of Decisions Made for Self Versus Those Made for a Significant Other. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30: 2409–2436. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2000.tb02443.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
College students (N= 52) made sets of hypothetical decisions concerning whether to accept or withhold medical treatment for oneself as well as for a significant other. Two sets of decisions were made for the significant other: a set representing what the significant other would want for himself or herself, and a set representing what the potential surrogate would want for the significant other. Results revealed consistent sets of decisions within each decision frame, considerable individual differences in mean judgments, an emphasis on the levels of mental and physical functioning, self-reported decision weights that differed across the decision frames, and considerable self-insight into the decision policy used when deciding for oneself.