Seeking family health information
Hovick, Shelly R.
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This dissertation presents a revised version of the Theory of Motivated Information Management and tests it in the context of family health history. A survey of engaged individuals was undertaken to understand how factors such as uncertainty, expectations for information search, efficacy and emotion influence decisions and strategies for obtaining family health histories. This study provided support for a revised Theory of Motivated Information Management model. Results showed anxiety mediated the relationship between uncertainty discrepancies and direct information seeking. Communication efficacy was also shown to act as a moderator of the relationship between anxiety and direct information. The study found that lower anxiety levels facilitated intention to directly seek information when communication efficacy was high. Additionally, it was shown that family health problems, illness, and death most often prompted conversations about family health history and that mothers are approached first for family health information.