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Multidimensional Perceptions of Illness and Injury


Roselle Wissler


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Allen J. Hart


Amherst College

Michael J. Saks


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

1997

Current Res. Soc. Psychol., Vol. 2, No. 30, 1997

Abstract:     
This paper investigates the multidimensional nature of how we perceive physical illness and injury, and differences in those perceptions based on experience. Multidimensional scaling revealed that similarity judgments of 15 medical conditions made by registered nurses, undergraduate nursing students, and liberal arts students were based primarily on their functional impact to the individual (e.g., correctability and impact on long-term motor and sensory function). The less experienced students, however, also viewed the injuries more in terms of surface similarity (e.g., amputation, disfigurement, and sensory loss) than the registered nurses. The implications of the findings for decision making in personal injury cases are discussed.

Keywords: personal injury, juror decision making, injuries

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Date posted: December 15, 2010  

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Wissler, Roselle and Hart, Allen J. and Saks, Michael J., Multidimensional Perceptions of Illness and Injury (1997). Current Res. Soc. Psychol., Vol. 2, No. 30, 1997. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1725515

Contact Information

Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Allen J. Hart
Amherst College ( email )
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Michael J. Saks
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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