ERIC Number: ED255808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Success in Lifestyle Change Efforts.
Although many people fail in their attempts at health change, there is strong evidence that many others can modify negative health practices with or without the aid of therapy or formal intervention programs. Cultural norms, help-seeking and help-giving behaviors, and personal values have all been studied as factors in successful lifestyle changes. In this study, subjects (N=119) recruited in an airport waiting area described their health change efforts over the previous year by completing a survey of personal data, health change history, social support, and a cultural norm indicator. Over half (52.1 percent) of the subjects were successful in establishing their health practices. Social support was found to facilitate health change efforts, but only when group norms also supported the health change. High personal priority for the health change and giving help to others were also related to successful change. Prior attempts to change, medical imperatives for change, help seeking, and participation in formal health programs were not associated with success. The results suggest that congruent social norms may be quite important in achieving health changes. A four-page bibliography is included. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).