Behavioral scientist have found that people who go through a particular process to make a behavior change are more successful than those who don’t = THE TRANSTHEORETICAL MODEL (STAGES OF CHANGE)
Precontemplation – In this stage, people do not intend to take action in the foreseeable future (defined as within the next 6 months). People are often unaware that their behavior is problematic or produces negative consequences. People in this stage often underestimate the pros of changing behavior and place too much emphasis on the cons of changing behavior.
Contemplation – In this stage, people are intending to start the healthy behavior in the foreseeable future (defined as within the next 6 months). 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. Even with this recognition, people may still feel ambivalent toward changing their behavior.
Preparation (Determination) – In this stage, people are ready to take action within the next 30 days. People start to take small steps toward the behavior change, and they believe changing their behavior can lead to a healthier life.
Action – In this stage, people have recently changed their behavior (defined as within the last 6 months) and intend to keep moving forward with that behavior change. People may exhibit this by modifying their problem behavior or acquiring new healthy behaviors.
Maintenance – In this stage, people have sustained their behavior change for a while (defined as more than 6 months) and intend to maintain the behavior change going forward. People in this stage work to prevent relapse to earlier stages.
Termination – In this stage, people have no desire to return to their unhealthy behaviors and are sure they will not relapse. Since this is rarely reached, and people tend to stay in the maintenance stage, this stage is often not considered in health promotion programs.
For this assignment, please create a scenario where the Transtheoretical model is used, displaying each stages of the model. For example, some who currently smokes but doesn’t realize as of yet that they need to quit smoking in order to prevent lung cancer (that is the precontemplation stage).
Remember, you have to display each of the stages for your scenario. You will also have to reply to one student with good feedback on their scenario suggesting an idea that could also help implement a positive behavior or change.
This assignment is worth 15% of your grade.
Here is a great link to understanding the Transtheoretical model:
Improve Your Life Using the Stages of Change (Transtheoretical) Model – Dr Wendy Guess