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Cyberchondriasis: Fact or fiction? A preliminary examination of the relationship between health anxiety and searching for health information on the Internet

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This study examined the relationship between health anxiety and searching for health information online, a phenomenon dubbed 'cyberchondria'. The majority of those with 'high' (n= 46) and 'low' (n= 36) levels of health anxiety reported seeking health information online. However, those with higher levels of health anxiety sought online health information more frequently, spent longer searching, and found searching more distressing and anxiety provoking. Furthermore, more responses in the high ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Role:
Author
Journal:
Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume:
26
Issue:
1
Pages:
189-196
Publication date:
2012-01-05
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EISSN:
1873-7897
ISSN:
0887-6185
URN:
uuid:8bfe675e-f404-4658-a935-4472526ac16e
Source identifiers:
246009
Local pid:
pubs:246009

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