Would you drink after a stranger? The influence of self-presentational motives on willingness to take a health risk


Journal Article

This experiment examined the influence of self-presentational motives on a potentially unhealthy behavior - drinking from a stranger's water bottle. In a 2 × 2 factorial design, participants' (N = 48) social image-concern (low/high) was manipulated, and half of the participants also received a verbal challenge to drink from the bottle (challenged/not challenged). Participants in the high image-concern condition drank significantly more water (M = 50.8 ml) from the stranger's bottle than did participants in the low image-concern condition (M = 30.1 ml), p < .05. Also, participants who were challenged drank more (M = 53.7 ml) than those who were not challenged (M = 27.2 ml), p < .05. Discussion focuses on the utility of a self-presentational approach for understanding health risk behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martin, KA; Leary, MR

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1092 - 1100

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/01461672992512003

Citation Source

  • Scopus