The authors thank Lynda Cheng, Adele Ambrose, Uzma Jeelani, Andy Ng, Mandeep Singh, Marina Veprinska, and Syeda Abedi for their assistance in conducting the studies and coding the open-ended data; and Sunyoung Jung for her help in preparing the manuscript. Finally, thanks go to Lilach Sagiv for her valuable comments on an earlier draft of the manuscript. This research was supported by a doctoral fellowship from the Ontario Women's Health Council, Canada to Ayse Uskul. Uskul was funded by a postdoctoral fellowship of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada while working on the manuscript.
Self-Construal and Concerns Elicited by Imagined and Real Health Problems1
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 9, pages 2156–2189, September 2007
How to Cite
Uskul, A. K. and Hynie, M. (2007), Self-Construal and Concerns Elicited by Imagined and Real Health Problems. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 2156–2189. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00283.x
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2007
In 2 studies, we examined the relationship between self-construal and illness-related concerns. In Study 1, participants imagined themselves experiencing a health problem described in a scenario and answered closed-ended questions about the concerns that this situation would likely elicit. The experience of social illness concerns was predicted by collective self-construal, and the experience of personal illness concerns tended to be predicted by endorsement of individual self-construal. In Study 2, participants recalled a past health problem and related consequences, which were content-coded. Collective self-construal predicted the extent to which people mentioned issues related to others in their free-recall illness descriptions and the number of other-related consequences that were generated when specifically asked about them.