I hope you are able to help me with my thesis project. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about Health Psychology, applications for masters, or to complete your surveys in return (just pm me with a link).
A little back ground:
It seems bizarre that those who are the most 'in the know' about the deleterious health effects of smoking and drinking alcohol should inhale and imbibe these products at sometimes dangerous levels. For example, anyone who has ever gone out partying with a student nurse knows that they'll drink you under the table. So why do they do it? Why, in an age where everyone knows the dangers of smoking, does anyone smoke at all? What has caused them to accept that risk?
The general population has a fairly good understanding of what is required to maintain good health, even if they do not have the same clinical understanding as doctors and nurses.
They know that smoking anything at all is bad for you. They know that drinking too much causes damage to self and society. They are bombarded with public health messages telling them to eat their 5-a-day and exercise for 30 minutes each day. OR ELSE....
I am conducting a qualitative study on the barriers to protective health behaviour in the general population, with the aim to use the responses I get to improve a novel measure of risk acceptance. This measure will, in turn, help to create interventions capable of targeting an individual's barrier to action. In doing so, it is hoped that the measure may be used in the public sphere to motivate people into taking the first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Please click on the link above to add your opinions of why you personally do not engage in healthy behaviours.
This questionnaire is completely anonymous and the data will only be used within this current research project and nowhere else.
This study has been by approved by University College London's Research Ethics Committee 01/06/2016 (6692/001).
...or just paranoid?