The double edge sword of John Henryism: Impact on patients’ health in the People’s Republic of China

Emily A. Vargas*, Yidi Li, Ramaswami Mahalingham, Pan Hui, Grace Liu, Marissa Lapedis, J. Rebecca Liu

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Abstract

The People’s Republic of China has experienced extraordinary economic growth, which is associated with increases in chronic health stressors. We examined the impact of John Henryism—a coping mechanism—on various health indicators in a sample of patients (n = 642) in China. John Henryism significantly related to increased medical adherence (Formula presented.) and health-promotional behaviors (Formula presented.). John Henryism predicted several indicators of psychological health through social support. John Henryism was also related to increased alcoholism (Formula presented.). The findings highlight the complexity and paradoxical implications of John Henryism on health. Implications are discussed in relation to China’s epidemiological and age demographic shifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2374-2387
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number13-14
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • John Henryism
  • People’s Republic of China
  • psychological health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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