The self-fulfilling prophecy in health and education: a literature review

Satriani Geru, A. Kuntoro, Oedojo Soedirham, Endang R. Surjaningrun

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Introduction. Self-fulfilling prophecy is any held belief or expectation that leads to behavior that ultimately proves that belief or expectation is true. Consciousness, belief, ideals, imagination, prejudice, values, whatever term one chooses to use, enter essentially and constitutively becoming a reality studied in the social sciences. Imagined becomes real and also tends to become a reality. Objective. The purpose of writing this article is to review several research results related to the self-fulfilling prophecy in its application in the education and health systems. Materials and Methods: A comprehensive strategy by searching for articles in research journal databases, using the internet, and conducting article reviews. Search for articles via Sinta, google scholar, PubMed, research gate, and science direct. The subject of the research is in the health and education sector to conduct a literature review with ten articles to determine the objectives, methods, samples, and results of each article. Results. This article suggests that the expectations, estimates, etiquette, and analysis of an educator can be influenced by several conditions that will have a major influence on the state of students in terms of personality, social life, psychology, and student teaching and learning process. In the health world, Self-Fulfilling Prophecy is used to build positive expectations in the process of treatment and health improvement. Conclusions. Self-fulfilling prophecy, when used positively, can be a powerful technique in the world of health and education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2576
JournalJournal of Public Health in Africa
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2023


  • education
  • health
  • self-fulfilling prophecy


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