Are modern health worries associated with somatosensory amplification, environmental attribution style, and commitment to complementary and alternative medicine?

Ferenc Köteles, Eszter Bárány, Péter Varsányi, György Bárdos

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Abstract

Relationship among modern health worries (MHWs), somatosensory amplification (SSA), and attributional styles was investigated in a cross-sectional questionnaire study. A total of 99 university students, 104 patients visiting their General Practitioners, and 102 future alternative therapists completed questionnaires assessing MHWs, SSA, negative affect (NA), and psychological, somatic and normalizing (environmental) attribution styles. Significant correlation between SSA and MHWs was found in all three samples. MHWs and psychological attribution style were significantly associated with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)-orientation in the regression equation even after controlling for SSA, NA, and sociodemographic variables. MHWs were independent from any attribution styles in the student and patient samples, while significant correlations with all three styles were found in the CAM group. Previously described association between MHWs and SSA was replicated in three different samples. The connection between MHWs and CAM preference seems to be independent from SSA, NA or any particular attribution style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • Attribution style
  • Modern health worries
  • Somatosensory amplification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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