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Stages of health behaviour change and mindsets: A bottom-up approach


Richert, Jana and Schuez, N and Schuez, BEC, Stages of health behaviour change and mindsets: A bottom-up approach, Psychology & Health: Supplement 2, 20-24 September 2011, Hersonissos, Greece, pp. 252. ISSN 0887-0446 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Background: Stage Theories of health behaviour are increasingly popular. However, the crucial assumption of qualitative differences in mindsets between people in different stages is rarely examined. This study uses a bottom-up approach inferring homogeneous subgroups of individuals according to mindsets in order to validate stage assumptions. Methods: 2220 adults completed a web-based questionnaire assessing social-cognitive variables and fruit and vegetable consumption. Latent class analysis was used to identify distinct groups of individuals sharing patterns of the social-cognitive predictors of behaviour, thereby identifying qualitatively different mindsets. Findings: Four latent classes were identified that can be matched unto the stages defined by most stage theories. Discussion: The methodological approach used in this study overcomes problems of currently used confirmatory procedures. Subsequently, this study could reveal more information about the actual mindsets of individuals in different stages of health behaviour change.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Social support, older adults
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, N (Dr Natalie Schuez)
UTAS Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:77967
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-06-06
Last Modified:2012-06-12
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