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Unformatted text preview: On: 10 April 2008 Access Details: Free Access Publisher: Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Psychology & Health Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713648133 Current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health : "Assessing illness perceptions: Beyond the IPQ" Online Publication Date: 01 January 2008 To cite this Article: (2008) 'Current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health : "Assessing illness perceptions: Beyond the IPQ"', Psychology & Health, 23:1, 5 - 9 To link to this article: DOI: 10.1080/08870440701616714 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870440701616714 PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article maybe used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Downloaded At: 09:23 10 April 2008 Psychology and Health January 2008; 23(1): 59 Editorial Current issues and new directions in Psychology and Health : Assessing illness perceptions: Beyond the IPQ Leventhals common sense model (CSM) is a popular model for studying responses to health threats (Leventhal, Benyamini, & Shafer, 2007). A central prediction of the CSM is that coping responses are determined by an interrelated set of beliefs, known as illness perceptions. These beliefs concern: (a) the causes of the illness/health threat, (b) identity, i.e., the symptoms and label associated with the illness/threat, (c) the consequences of the illness/threat, (d) time line, i.e. whether the illness/threat is perceived as acute, chronic or cyclical, and (e) how to control or cure the illness/threat. Although the CSM was described first in 1980, there has been a sharp increase in empirical work since 1996 (see Figure 1), which we believe can be attributed to the publication of two key papers. First, a validated psychometric tool to assess illness perceptions became available: the illness perception questionnaire (IPQ; Weinman, Petrie, Moss-Morris, & Horne, 1996). Second, the IPQ was used in a study showing that illness perceptions after myocardial infarction (MI) were predictive of attendance at cardiac rehabilitation (Petrie, Weinman, Sharpe,...
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