Evidence for discontinuity patterns across the stages of change: a role for attitudinal ambivalence

ARMITAGE, C. J., POVEY, R. and ARDEN, M. A. (2002). Evidence for discontinuity patterns across the stages of change: a role for attitudinal ambivalence. Psychology and health.

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Abstract

Cross-sectional analyses of the transtheoretical ("stages of change") model (TTM) can provide valuable information concerning the variables that are likely to shift individuals from one stage to the next. The present study was designed to investigate the roles of theory of planned behaviour (TPB) variables and attitudinal ambivalence across the stages of change. Two samples derived from the general population completed measures of stage, TPB and attitudinal ambivalence with respect to consuming a low-fat diet (n = 148) and eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day (n = 151). Consistent with previous research, the present study found linear increases in TPB variables across the stages of change. However, as predicted, attitudinal ambivalence showed discontinuity patterns, displaying a quadratic relationship with the stages of change, such that least ambivalence was experienced in the precontemplation and maintenance stages. Discussion of the findings focuses on implications for the development of theory-driven interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: theory of planned behaviour, discontinuity patterns, transtheoretical model
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/0887044031000066553
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:22
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/133

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