Adoption and Maintenance of Four Health Behaviours: Theory-Guided Longitudinal Studies on Dental Flossing, Seatbelt Use, Dietary Behaviour, and Physical Activity
- Published: Annals of Behavioural Medicine (2007)
- Authors: Schwarzer, R., Schuz, B., Ziegelmann, J., and Lippke, S.
- Date Added: 01 Feb 2013
- Last Update: 01 Feb 2013
To examine the role of self-efficacy and planning in translating intentions into action
Longitudinal survey of students at six randomly selected high schools inPoland. Data analysed by structural equation modelling.
42% of seatbelt use variance explained jointly by planning and recovery self-efficacy.
Risk perception was not significantly related to any of the four health behaviours.
The findings suggest that risk communication interventions are not the most suitable for preventive health behaviours.
Recommend instead making people aware of their own skills and strategies to change behaviour.
Planning and recovery self-efficacy, not intention, are the best direct predictors of various health behaviours.