Poster Title (Current Submission)

Perceptions of Gender Differences in Severity of Melanoma Symptoms

Major(s)

Psychology

Minor(s)

Spanish

Mentor Name

Jerry Suls

Mentor Department

Psychology

Presentation Date

3-26-2011

Abstract

Previous research indicates that people are more likely to overlook negative health symptoms experienced by females than males. The purpose of this research was to test how symptoms of melanoma under high or low stress might be viewed differently across genders. Participants read vignettes about males or females experiencing high or low stress events in conjunction with noticing a growing mole. Participants then rated the severity of the target’s health risk. Results showed that participants perceived greater health risks for male targets, and thought males should seek medical attention more quickly than females especially when under high stress.

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Perceptions of Gender Differences in Severity of Melanoma Symptoms

Previous research indicates that people are more likely to overlook negative health symptoms experienced by females than males. The purpose of this research was to test how symptoms of melanoma under high or low stress might be viewed differently across genders. Participants read vignettes about males or females experiencing high or low stress events in conjunction with noticing a growing mole. Participants then rated the severity of the target’s health risk. Results showed that participants perceived greater health risks for male targets, and thought males should seek medical attention more quickly than females especially when under high stress.