Autonomy and defensiveness: experimentally increasing adaptive responses to health-risk information via priming and self-affirmation.

@article{Pavey2012AutonomyAD,
  title={Autonomy and defensiveness: experimentally increasing adaptive responses to health-risk information via priming and self-affirmation.},
  author={Louisa Jane Pavey and Paul Sparks},
  journal={Psychology & health},
  year={2012},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={259-76}
}
Health information is often ineffective in motivating health-behaviour change. One way to improve information effectiveness might be to highlight autonomy, which is associated with less defensiveness and more adaptive psychological functioning. Three studies assessed whether experimentally elevating autonomy led to adaptive responses to risk information… CONTINUE READING