Are fatalism and optimism an obstacle to developing self-protecting behaviors? Study with a Turkish sample

Aybe Sibel Turkum1
1Anadolu University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Turkum, A. (2006). Are fatalism and optimism an obstacle to developing self-protecting behaviors? Study with a Turkish sample. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34, 51-58.

Volume 34 Issue 1 | e1456 | Published: February 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.1.51

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In this study differences in self-protecting behaviors (SPB) were investigated in relation to earthquakes and traffic accidents in terms of demographic characteristics, having experiences of these events, fatalistic view, and optimistic expectations among a cohort of Turkish people (N = 398). Results show that participants’ SPBs vary according to the interaction among gender, marital status, number of children, and to the interaction among personal experiences of traffic accident and/or earthquake, and relatives/friends’ experiences of traffic accidents. The results of regression analysis showed that marital status, gender and optimism predict SPB.

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