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Self–Regulation in Health Behavior

  • ID: 2325234
  • Book
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This important volume offers a comprehensive overview of new approaches to health–related behavior from a self–regulation perspective.

It outlines assumptions on which self–regulation theories are based, discusses recent research and draws out the implications for practice with a particular focus on changing health behavior. Reflecting the notion that health–promoting behavior is goal–directed, chapters consider key factors such as:

  • social influences
  • the nature of health goals
  • health risk behavior
  • unintentional behavior
  • maintaining self–control
  • frustrations in goal striving
  • maintaining health behavior change.

Self–Regulation in Health Behavior offers a valuable new perspective on health behavior. It is essential reading for MSc students in health psychology, as well as researchers, practising health psychologists and clinical health psychologists.

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About the Editors.



Chapter 1: Self–regulation in Health Behavior: Concepts, Theories, and Central Issues (Denise T.D. de Ridder and John B.F. de Wit).

Part I: Goal Setting in Health Behavior: Conflicting Desires and Social Influences.

Chapter 2: Contextualizing Health Behaviors: The Role of Personal Goals (Winifred A. Gebhardt).

Chapter 3: Unintentional Behavior: A Subrational Approach to Health Risk (Frederick X. Gibbons, Meg Gerrard, Rachel A. Reimer, and Elizabeth A. Pomery).

Chapter 4: Social Influences on Adolescent Substance Use: Insights into How Parents and Peers Affect Adolescent s Smoking and Drinking Behavior (Rutger C.M.E. Engels and Sander M. Bot).

Chapter 5: Temperament, Self–regulation, and the Prototype/Willingness Model of Adolescent Health Risk Behavior (Meg Gerrard, Frederick X. Gibbons, Michelle L. Stock, Amy E. Houlihan, and Jennifer L. Dykstra).

Part II: Goal Striving to Achieve Outcomes: Getting Started, Staying on Track, and Letting Go.

Chapter 6: Implementation Intentions: Strategic Automatization of Goal Striving (Paschal Sheeran, Thomas L. Webb, and Peter M. Gollwitzer).

Chapter 7: Managing Immediate Needs in the Pursuit of Health Goals: The Role of Coping in Self–regulation (Denise T.D. de Ridder and Roeline G. Kuijer).

Chapter 8: Maintaining Self–control: The Role of Expectancies (Carolien Martijn, Hugo J.E.M. Alberts, and Nanne K. de Vries).

Chapter 9: Maintenance of Health Behavior Change: Additional Challenges for Self–regulation Theory, Research, and Practice (John B.F. de Wit).

Chapter 10: Hanging On and Letting Go in the Pursuit of Health Goals: Psychological Mechanisms to Cope with a Regulatory Dilemma (Klaus Rothermund).


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Denise de Ridder
John de Wit
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