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Stage-specific effects of an action control intervention on dental flossing


Schuez, BEC and Sniehotta, FF and Schwarzer, R, Stage-specific effects of an action control intervention on dental flossing, Health Education Research: Theory and Practice, 22, (3) pp. 332-341. ISSN 0268-1153 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/her/cy1084


Health behavior interventions may have different effects when targeting individuals at different stages of change.A‘motivation’ stage, during which intentions are formed, has been distinguished from a ‘volition’ stage, implying that the latter requires self-regulatory effort in implementing and maintaining behavior. To test this stage assumption, an action control intervention (self-monitoring tool for dental flossing) matched to the volition stage and mismatched to the motivation stage was provided to 151 university students, with follow-up measures of action control and flossing after 2 and 6 weeks. Separate regression analyses for motivational and volitional participants indicated that only volitional participants benefited from the volitional intervention. This supports the usefulness of stage assumptions and the advantage of tailoring interventions to participants who reside either in the motivational or in the volitional stage.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:74456
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-12-01
Last Modified:2012-05-08

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