In consideration of models and tools for addressing behavior change, perhaps one of the most important elements is how we communicate health behaviors to our audience. It is important to note that 54% of Americans read below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level and more than half (51.7%) of Americans do not have a college […]

Identity Behavior Theory postulates that how someone chooses to identify may largely determine whether they take action on a health behavior, and IBT is concerned with how identity guides and motivates behavior, along with one’s attitude and resilience toward the behavior. Other models of behavior change consider stages and processes of change, perceptions toward change, […]

Everyone experiences stress of some type but how we cope with life’s stresses largely determines our behavior toward stress and so the various theories concerning stress and coping outline how we process and manage stress. Most transactional theories of stress and coping attempt to determine what stressors are, and most break them down into basic […]

The Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) is a measurement tool used by researchers, clinicians, and health coaches to assist in determining the likelihood that a patient or intervention group will engage in a particular health associated behavior based on their perceived will-power, and it assesses their attitude toward a behavior, perceived social norm of the […]

The Transtheoretical model (TTM) of behavior change is one of the most popular and tested models of behavior change and focuses on changes that are time sensitive. TTM hypothesizes that people progress through several stages of change from a precontemplation stage, to a contemplation stage, to a preparation stage, to an action stage, and then […]

The Health Belief Model for changing health behaviors is a type of intervention strategy used in individual and public health settings that proposes that people will take preventative behavior change action seriously based on their beliefs and perceptions of a significant risk to their health if action is not taken. The HBM, when used in […]

Over the next several weeks, the Respectful Living blog will cover health behavior change theories and steps one can take for positive changes. I will update this post with the series as each is completed. Blog Series Post 1: The Health Belief Model Evaluation Blog Series Post 2: The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change Blog […]

How can close interpersonal family relationships motivate others toward positive, healthy lifestyle changes? Many of us have witnessed family members make poor decisions, sometimes to the point of spiraling out of control. According to the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 72% of U.S. adults report having one or more unhealthy behaviors (Baily, 2019). It […]