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Preventing Health Anxiety: The Role of Self-Evaluation, Sense of Coherence, Self-Rated Health and Perceived Social Support

Sándor Csibi1, Mónika Csibi2,*, József Bognár1

1 Department of Sport Sciences, Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, Eger, 3300, Hungary
2 Department of Special Needs Education, Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, Eger, 3300, Hungary

* Corresponding Author: Mónika Csibi. Email: email

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 2023, 25(10), 1081-1088. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029390

Abstract

Background: Components of Self, completed with the perceived social support determine the individual differences in the evaluation of a stressor and the behavioral responses toward it, such as health-related anxiety. The study set as a goal the analysis of associations between the components of Self, such as self-evaluation, sense of coherence, perceived social support, and reported health-related anxiety in an adult sample. Methods: 147 adults from the 18–73 age group (mean age 37.5) voluntarily completed the questionnaire through Qualtrics online platform containing the Short Health Anxiety Inventory, Core Self-Evaluation Scale, Social Support Assessing Scale, and one Health Self-Evaluation Item. Results: ANOVA found relevant differences in total scores and subscales’ scores of the health anxiety scale depending on the positive self-evaluation. Linear regression shows that the analyzed variables were responsible for the prediction of a higher value on the “Perceived probability of becoming ill” subscale in a proportion of 45.6% and for the “Perceived consequence of illness” subscale in a proportion of 20.2% The predictive value of the linear regression model for the total score on the health anxiety scale was 46.3%. Our findings show that negative Core Self-Evaluation is linked with perceived health anxiety. Conclusions: Self-evaluation, sense of coherence and perceived social support influence the perceived health and can explain the differences in the reported health-related anxiety.

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Csibi, S., Csibi, M., Bognár, J. (2023). Preventing health anxiety: the role of self-evaluation, sense of coherence, self-rated health and perceived social support. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 25(10), 1081-1088. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029390
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Csibi S, Csibi M, Bognár J. Preventing health anxiety: the role of self-evaluation, sense of coherence, self-rated health and perceived social support. Int J Ment Health Promot. 2023;25(10):1081-1088 https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029390
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S. Csibi, M. Csibi, and J. Bognár "Preventing Health Anxiety: The Role of Self-Evaluation, Sense of Coherence, Self-Rated Health and Perceived Social Support," Int. J. Ment. Health Promot., vol. 25, no. 10, pp. 1081-1088. 2023. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029390



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