Multidimensional perceptions of illness and injury

Allen J. Hart, Roselle L. Wissler, Michael J. Saks

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Research in Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 11 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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