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Testing Stage-Specific Effects of a Stage-Matched Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial Targeting Physical Exercise and Its Predictors

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Lippke, S and Schwarzer, R and Ziegelmann, JP and Scholz, U and Schuez, BEC, Testing Stage-Specific Effects of a Stage-Matched Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial Targeting Physical Exercise and Its Predictors, Health Education and Behavior, 37, (4) pp. 533-546. ISSN 1090-1981 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1090198109359386

Abstract

Health education interventions can be tailored toward stages of change. This strategy is based on theories that predict at which stage which variables are indicative of subsequent behavior change processes. For example, planning is regarded as being effective in intenders. However, rather few studies have tested whether matched interventions are more successful for stage transitions than mismatched ones. Also very few previous studies have identified specific variables as targets of stage-matched interventions. A 2 (condition) × 2 (stages) experimental study tested the effects of stage-matched interventions for 226 participants. The stagematched intervention moved significantly more individuals forward to action than did the control condition. Stage-specific effects were found to corroborate 78% of the assumptions. Multiple mediator analyses revealed stage-specific mechanisms, indicating that intention and planning facilitated behavior change in intenders. Thus, health behavior interventions should take stages of change into account.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity; intention; planning; self-efficacy; stage; multiple mediator analyses
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Preventive Medicine
Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:75076
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-01-06
Last Modified:2012-06-21
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