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Understanding Behavior Change: The Theory Behind Informing, Motivating, and Planning for Health

Leslie R. Martin, Kelly B. Haskard-Zolnierek and M. Robin DiMatteo

in Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195380408
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864454 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380408.003.0001
Understanding Behavior Change: The Theory Behind Informing, Motivating, and Planning for Health

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This chapter reviews theoretical models that have guided thinking and research on health behavior change, providing a historical perspective on major developments in the field. Included in this overview are the Health Belief Model, Theory of Reasoned Action, Theory of Planned Behavior, Transtheoretical Model of Change, Social-Cognitive Models, Precaution-Adoption Process Model, and the Information–Motivation–Strategy Model. The contexts in which these models have been tested, along with their effectiveness as demonstrated by the empirical literature, are described. Examples for practical application are also provided, as are caveats and information about contexts in which these models (or portions thereof) are not well supported.

Keywords: behavior change; health Belief Model; theory of Reasoned Action; theory of Planned Behavior; transtheoretical Model of Change; precaution-Adoption Process; information–Motivation–Strategy Model

Chapter.  8248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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