Illness Cognitions and Perceptions
The terms illness perceptions and illness cognitions are used to describe a range of cognitive processes underlying attention, interpretation, and behavior in response to illness-related information. Although often studied in the context of various disease populations (e.g., diabetes, cancer), illness cognitions and perceptions are also relevant in the absence of a diagnosed health condition and have important implications for subsequent illness behavior (e.g., self-care, healthcare utilization, treatment adherence).
Self-assessment of health, which includes symptom perception, interpretation, and reporting, is central to illness-related self-regulatory behavior (i.e., self-care decision making, communication with healthcare providers, commitment to treatment regimens, etc.). Underestimation or overestimation of illness status can lead to inappropriate illness behavior, such as overuse or avoidance of healthcare...
References and Readings
- Cameron, L. D., & Leventhal, H. (Eds.). (2003). The self-regulation of health and illness behaviour. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar