What is the right thing at the right time? Interactions between stages and processes of change among smokers who make a quit attempt

Segan, C, Borland, R and Greenwood, K 2004, 'What is the right thing at the right time? Interactions between stages and processes of change among smokers who make a quit attempt', Health Psychology, vol. 23, pp. 86-93.


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Title What is the right thing at the right time? Interactions between stages and processes of change among smokers who make a quit attempt
Author(s) Segan, C
Borland, R
Greenwood, K
Year 2004
Journal name Health Psychology
Volume number 23
Start page 86
End page 93
Total pages 8
Publisher APA Journals
Abstract C. A. Perz, C. C. DiClemente, and J. P. Carbonari (1996) claim support for the transtheoretical model notion that success in smoking cessation involves doing the right thing at the right time: emphasising experiential change processes during the contemplation and preparation stages and shifting to behavioral process activities during action. A key methodological limitation of Perz et al. was their failure to control for stage of change, a measure that has been shown to be predictive of cessation. This study replicates the prospective findings of Perz et al. in a different data set, then controls for stage of change when it is predictive of cessation, and finds that the measures of "appropriate" change process use developed by Perz et al. no longer predict cessation. The authors conclude that stage of change, in particular the distinction between smoking and not smoking, is more important than change process use in predicting cessation outcomes.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
DOI - identifier 10.1037/0278-6133.23.1.86
ISSN 0278-6133
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