The role of personality factors in predicting the reported physical health symptoms of Turkish college students

Ustundag-Budak M., Mocan-Aydin G.

ADOLESCENCE, vol.40, no.159, pp.559-572, 2005 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 159
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Name: ADOLESCENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.559-572
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


This study investigates the role of optimism, health control beliefs, perceived health competence, and medical help-seeking variables in predicting the frequency of reported physical symptoms. A total of 345 college students (207 male and 138 female) were presented with the Life Orientation Test, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control, Perceived Health Competence Scale, and Physical Symptom Checklist. Separate stepwise multiple regression analyses were applied to the data obtained from males, females, and the total group of students. Results showed that optimism, medical help seeking, chance health locus of control, and internal health locus of control predicted the reported physical symptom scores of the total sample. Also revealed were the different patterns for males and females. While optimism and internal health locus of control best predicted physical health for males, optimism and chance health locus of control best predicted the physical health symptoms of females.