Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
College students and their parents completed a survey of their present health practices. They then completed the same survey for health behaviors they thought they would practice if they were either between the ages of 18 - 22 (for the parent respondents) or 45 - 55 (for the student respondents). The results generally showed the students predicted they would lead healthier lifestyles if older than their parents actually do, and the parents would lead less healthy lifestyles if younger than their children actually do. This distortion of each others' health practices, however, depended to some extent on the specific health practices surveyed. The results also supported previous research showing a tendency to follow a healthier lifestyle as one ages, although once again, this finding depended on the specific health behavior surveyed.
BF1 .M63 v. 7 no. 1 & 2 2001
Clineff, Amy B.; Frantz, Colleen; Brooks, Charles I.; and O'Brien, Jean P.
"Walk in my shoes: college students' and their parents' predictions of their own health practices if they were each others' age,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol7/iss1/8