- OXFORD LIBRARY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- From Communication to Healthy Behavior and Adherence
- Barriers and Keys to Treatment Adherence and Health Behavior Change
- Health Literacy and Information Exchange in Medical Settings
- The Role of Nonverbal Communication in Medical Interactions: Empirical Results, Theoretical Bases, and Methodological Issues
- The Art of Medical Information Exchange
- Partnering with and Involving Patients
- Training for Effective Communication in Healthcare Settings
- Beyond the Dyad: Communication in Triadic (and more) Medical Encounters
- Systemwide Communication
- Health Beliefs and Health Outcomes
- Perceived Risk and its Relationship to Health-Related Decisions and Behavior
- Readiness to Change and the Transtheoretical Model as Applied to Addictive Disorders: A Balanced Appraisal
- Social Comparison and Persuasion Processes in Health Communications
- The Role of Culture in Promoting Effective Clinical Communication, Behavior Change, and Treatment Adherence
- Commitment to Change: An Examination of the Maintenance of Health-Behavior Changes
- Social Networks, Social Support, and Health-Related Behavior
- Technology and Implications for Patient Adherence
- Social and Environmental Barriers to Adherence and Healthy Behavior
- Improving Team Communication for Better Health Behavior
- The Importance of Effective Measurement for Fostering Change
- Pediatric Adherence and Health Behavior Change
- Issues in Adolescent Adherence and Health-Behavior Change
- Issues in Aging, Adherence, and Health-Behavior Change
- Adherence and Health Behavior Change in the Context of Mental Health Challenges
- Managing Complex Regimens: The Psychological Context of Family Management of Pediatric Diabetes
- Health Communication: Implications for Reform and Public Policy
Abstract and Keywords
Volumes of research and countless models have examined how people decide to make a health-behavior change. This chapter is focused on what happens after the decision to change is made. Do people maintain the changes they initiate? In other words, how do people commit to the new healthier behavioral choice? Often, the factors that push a person to make the change may be the same factors that help the person maintain the change. We discuss how, in fact, there may be a paradoxical inverse relationship. A number of theories are examined and applied to behavior maintenance. These include borrowing from both the commitment literature with Rusbult’s Investment Model of Commitment, as well as the health-behavior-change literature, such as the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Health Belief Model, and the Transtheoretical Model. We also examine the concepts of approach and avoidance motivation and goal orientation. Discussion of these models and future directions conclude this chapter.
Keywords: health-behavior change, commitment, behavioral maintenance, Investment Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Health Belief Model, Transtheoretical Model, approach/avoidance orientations, self-efficacy, self-regulation
Kristin P Beals, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton.
Janella M. Godoy, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton.
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