ABSTRACT A survey of 316 medical professionals was used to study third-person perception (TPP) within the context of a public health issue, intimate partner violence (IPV) and to explore theoretical linkage between TPP and the health belief model. Medical professionals exhibit TPP, believing they are less influenced than patients by media depictions of IPV. In terms of the Health Belief Model, one element, perceived susceptibility, emerged as a predictor of TPP.
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