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ERIC Number: EJ941114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Working Mechanisms of Computer-Tailored Health Education: Evidence from Smoking Cessation
Dijkstra, Arie
Health Education Research, v20 n5 p527-539 Oct 2005
To further develop tailored interventions, their working mechanisms must be identified. In the present study, three tailored messages that each contained one potential working mechanism--personalization, adaptation or feedback--were compared with a standard information condition. Two hundred and two students who smoked tobacco daily were randomly divided over four conditions. After the computer pre-test questionnaire, they read the information in their condition and filled in the immediate post-test. After 4 months, they were sent a follow-up questionnaire assessing their quitting activity. The data show that personalization (44.5%) and feedback (48.7%), but not adaptation (28.6%), led to significantly more quitting activity after 4 months than did the standard information (22.9%). Moreover, the effect of condition on quitting activity was completely mediated by individuals' evaluations of the tailoring.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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