Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School
Silvia Von Kluge
The present studies assessed intention and willingness to screen for sexually transmitted infections from a Terror Management Health Model perspective. TMHM proposes that when facing a health decision, people tend to cling to what increases their self-esteem rather than behave in a way that would actually minimize the health threat. The first study hypothesized that exposure to a brochure rife with reminders of “creatureliness” would increase death thought accessibility, while a control brochure would not. No significant difference was found. The second study hypothesized that those with low body-esteem would cling more to what todays culture deems an acceptable body image by showing lower intention to screen for STIs than those with high levels of body-esteem. There were no significant relationships between condition and intention to screen, or body-esteem and intention to screen. This research addresses barriers preventing people from getting screened and discusses screening campaigns within a TMHM framework.
Jones, Bernadette, "Intention to screen for sexually transmitted infections: A terror management health model perspective" (2014). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 839.