The transtheoretical model of health behaviour

People are often unaware that their behavior is problematic or produces negative consequences. The most promising outcomes to data have been found with computer-based individualized and interactive interventions. People in this stage often underestimate the pros of changing behavior and place too much emphasis on the cons of changing behavior.

The pros and cons combine to form a decisional "balance sheet" of comparative potential gains and losses. As a result, the animals undergo a transition from minimal weight gain to rapid weight gain.

Thus, the Transtheoretical Model TTM focuses on the decision-making of the individual and is a model of intentional change.

During the change process individuals gradually shift from cons to pros, forming a more positive attitude towards the target behaviour.

Transtheoretical model

After the brief breeding season and short 31 day pregnancies of late winter and early spring there is a decline in thyroid hormones in spring and summer. People in this stage should be encouraged to seek support from friends they trust, tell people about their plan to change the way they act, and think about how they would feel if they behaved in a healthier way.

People in this stage work to prevent relapse to earlier stages. Situational temptations assess how tempted people are to engage in a problem behavior in a certain situation.

People recognize that their behavior may be problematic, and a more thoughtful and practical consideration of the pros and cons of changing the behavior takes place, with equal emphasis placed on both.

Attitude is defined as a "psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favour or disfavour". Brief interventions with substance-abusing patients. In summer, food intake spontaneously declines, often rapidly, several weeks before peak body weight is reached.

The transtheoretical model of health behavior change.

If results with stage-matched interventions continue to be replicated, health promotion programs will be able to produce unprecedented impacts on entire at-risk populations.

Limitations of the Transtheoretical Model There are several limitations of TTM, which should be considered when using this theory in public health. Levels of change[ edit ] This core construct identifies the depth or complexity of presenting problems according to five levels of increasing complexity.

They learn that the better prepared they are, the more likely they are to keep progressing. Preparation ready People at this stage are ready to start taking action within the next 30 days. Confidence that they can make and maintain changes in situations that tempt them to return to their old, unhealthy behavior—the TTM calls this self-efficacy.

One of the most effective steps that others can help with at this stage is to encourage them to become more mindful of their decision making and more conscious of the multiple benefits of changing an unhealthy behavior. The TTM posits that individuals move through six stages of change: The balance between the pros and cons varies depending on which stage of change the individual is in.

Behavioral Change Models

Others can influence and help effectively at this stage by encouraging them to work at reducing the cons of changing their behavior.In this article, we review the Transtheoretical Model of Change, also known as the Stages of Change model, and discuss its application to the family practice setting.

The transtheoretical model posits that health behavior change involves progress through six stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination.

Ten processes of change have been identified for producing progress along with decisional balance, self-efficacy, and temptations. Thus, the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) focuses on the decision-making of the individual and is a model of intentional change.

The TTM operates on the assumption that people do not change behaviors quickly and decisively. The transtheoretical model of behavior change is an integrative theory of therapy that assesses an individual's readiness to act on a new healthier behavior, and provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the individual.

A ‘Stages of Change’ Approach to Helping Patients Change Behavior

The Transtheoretical Model Prochaska et al ) was an important step to better understand behavioural change, demonstrating that individuals cycle through a series of five stages of readiness to change when modifying health behaviours. The Transtheoretical Model is also based on critical assumptions about the nature of behavior change and population health interventions that can best facilitate such change.

The following set of assumptions drives Transtheoretical Model .

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