Publication: Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Implicit models of illness

Center Authors: Salovey, P.


This study investigated the implicit models of illness (i.e., the dimensional structure that organizes an individual’s common-sense illness schema). Factor analysis revealed a 4-dimensional structure of illnesses composed of Seriousness, Personal Responsibility, Controllability, and Changeability. The dimensions identified seemed to be both personally and psychologically meaningful.

Turk, D. C., Rudy, T. E., & Salovey, P. (1986). Implicit models of illness. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 9, 453-473. doi: 10.1007/BF00845133