Summary of Evidence

Optimism and pessimism as predictors of change in health after death or onset of severe illness in family

Mika Kivim?ki
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health & University of Helsinki
Jussi Vahtera
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Marko Elovainio
National Research and Development Centre for Welfare & Health
Hans Helenius
University of Turku
Archana Singh-Manoux
University College London
Jaana Pentti
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Published in ?Health Psychology?, 24 (4), 413-421, 2005

Self-esteem in early and late adolescence predicts dispositional optimism-pessimism in adulthood: A 21-year longitudinal study

Kati Heinonen, Katri R?ikk?nen and Liisa Keltikangas-J?rvinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

Published in ?Personality and Individual Differences?, 39, 511-521, 2005

Relations between coping responses and optimism-pessimism in predicting anticipatory psychological distress in surgical breast cancer patients

Daniel David, Guy H. Montgomery and Dana H. Bovbjerg
Babes-Bolyai University, Romania & Ruttenberg Cancer Center, New York

Published in ?Personality and Individual Differences?, 40, 203-213, 2006

Is the glass half empty of half full? A prospective study of optimism and coronary heart disease in the normative aging study

Laura D. Kubzensky, David Sparrow, Pantel Vokonas and Ichiro Kawachi
Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard medical School; Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic; Boston University School of Medicine

Published in ?Psychosomatic Medicine?, 63, 910-916, 2001

Optimism-Pessimism assessed in the 1960?s and self-reported health status 30 years later

Toshihiko Maruta, Robert C. Colligan, Michael Malinchoc, and Kenneth P. Offord
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Published in ?Mayo Clinic Proceedings?, 77, 748-753, 2002

Dispositional optimism and health behaviour in community-dwelling older people: Associations with healthy ageing

Andrew Steptoe, Caroline Wright, Sabine R. Kunz-Ebrecht & Steve Iliffe
University College London

Published in ?British Journal of Health Psychology?, 11, 71-84, 2006

Optimism as a mediator of the relation between perceived parental authoritativeness and adjustment among adolescents:Finding the sunny side of the st

Lynne M. Jackson
King?s University College
Michael W. Pratt, Bruce Hunsberger & S. Mark Pancer
Wilfrid Laurier University

Published in ?Social Development?, 14(2), 273-304, 2005

The role of optimism in social network development, coping, and psychological adjustment during a life transition

Ian Brissette
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Michael F. Scheier
Carnegie Mellon University
Charles S. Carver
University of Miami

Published in ?Journal of Personality and Social Psychology?, 82(1), 102-111, 2002

A new measure of children?s optimism and pessimism: The Youth Life Orientation Test

S. Ey & J. Thomas, W. Hadley, D. Nuttbrock Allen, S. Palmer, J. Klosky, D. Deptula, & R. Cohen
University of Memphis & Pacific University, USA

Published in ?Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry?, 46(5), 548-558, 2005