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Existential Threat or Dissociative Response? Examining Defensive Avoidance of Point-of-Care Testing Devices Through a Terror Management Theory Framework.

Authors
  • Dunne, Simon
  • Gallagher, Pamela
  • Matthews, Anne
Type
Published Article
Journal
Death studies
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Volume
39
Issue
1-5
Pages
30–38
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2014.885469
PMID: 24972015
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Using a terror management theory framework, this study investigated if providing mortality reminders or self-esteem threats would lead participants to exhibit avoidant responses toward a point-of-care testing device for cardiovascular disease risk and if the nature of the device served to diminish the existential threat of cardiovascular disease. One hundred and twelve participants aged 40-55 years completed an experimental questionnaire. Findings indicated that participants were not existentially threatened by established terror management methodologies, potentially because of cross-cultural variability toward such methodologies. Highly positive appraisals of the device also suggest that similar technologies may beneficially affect the uptake of screening behaviors.

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