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ERIC Number: EJ949906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0145-4455
Effectiveness of a College-Level Self-Management Course on Successful Behavior Change
Choi, Jean H.; Chung, Kyong-Mee
Behavior Modification, v36 n1 p18-36 Jan 2012
Studies have shown that college-level self-management (SM) courses, which typically require students to complete an individual project as part of the course, can be an effective method for promoting successful self-change (i.e., targeted behavioral change). However, only a handful of studies have focused on and investigated the intensity of the SM component required for successfully changing a target behavior. The purpose of this study was to (a) examine the effectiveness of a SM course in improving a target behavior within a college setting, (b) determine the level of SM course intensity necessary for successful behavioral change, and (c) identify the characteristics of successful self-managers in terms of strategy use. A total of 84 college students were enrolled in a high-intensity SM course, low-intensity SM course, or non-SM course (i.e., control group). Self-report questionnaires were administered at the beginning and end of the courses. Results showed that only the high-intensity SM course was effective for successful behavioral change and helped increase certain psychosocial characteristics (e.g., internal locus of control, expectancy of success). Overall, successful self-managers used significantly more SM strategies than participants who were unable to meet their behavioral goals. Implications and limitations are also discussed. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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