The Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change

  title={The Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change},
  author={James O Prochaska and Wayne F. Velicer},
  journal={American Journal of Health Promotion},
  pages={38 - 48}
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. Basic research has generated a rule of thumb for at-risk populations: 40% in precontemplation, 40% in contemplation, and 20% in preparation. Across 12 health behaviors… 

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