Illness Cognitons

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Health Behaviours

behaviour aimed to prevent disease

Illness behaviour aimed to seek remedy

Sick role behaviour aimed to get well

Locus of control -

is viewed as stable underlying 

Personality constructs

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Link between personality and health

Optimists have better health

Pessimists have higher levels of risk for stroke

Extroverts likely to ask for help

Unrealistic Optimism can be health comprimising - lead to risk taking behaviour

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Self Efficacy

HIgh self Efficacy is the belief of the ability of the ability to suceed in a situation

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Illness Cognitons

A patients own implicit common sense beliefs about their illness

Identity - percieved cause, timeline, consequences, curability and controllability

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Self regulatory model of Illness

1. Interpretation

2. Coping


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