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Does need for cognitive closure explain individual differences in lung cancer screening? A brief report.

Lillie SE, Fu SS, Fabbrini AE, Rice KL, Clothier BA, Doro E, Melzer AC, Partin MR. Does need for cognitive closure explain individual differences in lung cancer screening? A brief report. Journal of Health Psychology. 2020 Jul 1; 25(8):1109-1117.

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The need for cognitive closure describes the extent to which a person, faced with a decision, prefers any answer in lieu of continued uncertainty. This construct may be relevant in lung cancer screening, which can both reduce and increase uncertainty. We examined whether individual differences in need for cognitive closure are associated with Veterans'' completion of lung cancer screening using a self-administered survey ( = 361). We also assessed whether need for cognitive closure moderates an association between screening completion and lung cancer risk perception. Contrary to our main hypothesis, high need for cognitive closure Veterans were not more likely to complete lung cancer screening and need for cognitive closure did not have a moderating role.

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