Do healthy people worry? Modern health worries, subjective health complaints, perceived health, and health care utilization

Kelly B. Filipkowski, Joshua M. Smyth, Abraham M. Rutchick, Alecia M. Santuzzi, Meera Adya, Keith J. Petrie, Ad A. Kaptein

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Abstract

Background Modern health worries (MHW) are concerns related to modern or technological features of daily life (e.g., air pollution, X-rays, food additives, etc.), and have been associated with subjective health complaints (SHC) and health care use. Purpose The MHW scale was expected to predict aspects of health status in healthy individuals (e.g., health care visits, health perceptions, and medication use). SHC was thought to mediate the relationship between MHW and health care use. Likewise, negative affect was considered to mediate the relationship between MHW and SHC. Method University students (n=432) completed assessments for MHW, SHC, perceptions of health, medication use, and health care visits. Results MHW were positively related to the number of subjective health complaints with negative affect partially driving this relationship. MHW were negatively related to reports of present health and medication use. MHW were marginally related, whereas SHC were significantly associated with health care utilization. Conclusion Concerns over modern technology appear to influence symptom reporting, perceptions of current health, medication use, and, to a degree, visits to health care providers even in young healthy samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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