Possible health selves of older African Americans: toward increasing the effectiveness of health promotion efforts


Fleury, Julie, Sedikides, Constantine and Donovan, Kimberly D. (2002) Possible health selves of older African Americans: toward increasing the effectiveness of health promotion efforts. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 18, (1), 52-58.

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Possible selves are cognitive representations of the self in the future that motivate planning and behavior. This study explored possible health selves among rural-dwelling African Americans. Older African American respondents described their hoped-for and feared selves, as well as activities they initiated to achieve or avoid these selves. Three categories of possible selves emerged: health, social, and spiritual. The findings provide a basis for the development of culturally relevant health intervention programs.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0882-7524 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 18232
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:08
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18232

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