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ABC of Behaviour Change Theories

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Written by Susan Michie, Robert West, Rona Campbell, Jamie Brown, and Heather Gainforth, this book describes 83 theories relevant to design of behaviour change interventions together with an analysis of the role and application of theory in this vital area. The theories were identified by an expert panel of psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and economists. For each theory, the book provides a brief summary, a list of its component constructs, a more extended description and a network analysis to show its links with other theories in the book. 

For each theory, the book provides a brief summary, a list of its component constructs, a more extended description and a network analysis to show its links with other theories in the book. It considers the role of theory in understanding behaviour change and its application to designing and evaluating interventions.

Behaviour change theories:

  1. Action Theory Model of Consumption
  2. Affective Events Theory
  3. Aids Risk Reduction Model
  4. Behavioural-Ecological Model of Adolescent Aids Prevention
  5. CEOS Theory
  6. Change Theory
  7. Classical Conditioning
  8. COM-B System
  9. Consumption as Social Practices
  10. Containment Theory
  11. Control Theory
  12. Differential Association Theory
  13. Diffusion of Innovations
  14. Ecological Model for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Minority Youth
  15. Extended Information Processing Model
  16. Extended Parallel Processing Model
  17. Feedback Intervention Theory
  18. Focus Theory of Normative Conduct
  19. General Theory of Crime
  20. General Theory of Deviant Behaviour
  21. Goal Directed Theory
  22. Goal-Framing Theory
  23. Goal Setting Theory
  24. Health Action Process Approach
  25. Health Behaviour Goal Model
  26. Health Behaviour Internalisation Model
  27. Health Belief Model
  28. Health Promotion Model
  29. I-Change Model
  30. Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills Model
  31. Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills Model of Adherence
  32. Integrated Theoretical Model for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention
  33. Integrated Theory of Drinking Behaviour
  34. Integrated Theory of Health Behaviour Change
  35. Integrative Model of Behavioural Prediction
  36. Integrative Model of Factors Influencing Smoking Behaviour
  37. Integrative Model of Health Attitude and Behaviour Change
  38. Integrative Model of Factors Influencing Smoking And Attitude And Health Behaviour Change
  39. Model of Pro-Environmental Behaviour
  40. Motivation-Opportunities-Abilities Model
  41. Needs-Opportunities-Abilities Model
  42. Norm Activation Theory
  43. Operant Learning Theory
  44. Precaution Adoption Process Model
  45. Pressure System Model
  46. PRIME Theory
  47. Problem Behaviour Theory
  48. Prospect Theory
  49. Protection Motivation Theory
  50. Prototype Willingness Model
  51. Rational Addiction Model
  52. Reflective Impulsive Model
  53. Regulatory Fit Theory
  54. Relapse Prevention Model
  55. Risk as Feelings Theory
  56. Self-Determination Theory
  57. Self-Efficacy Theory
  58. Self-Regulation Theory
  59. Six Staged Model of Communication Effects
  60. Social Action Theory
  61. Social Action Theory
  62. Social Change Theory
  63. Social Cognitive Theory
  64. Social Consensus Model of Health Education
  65. Social Development Model
  66. Social Ecological Model of Behaviour Change
  67. Social Ecological Model of Walking
  68. Social Identity Theory
  69. Social Influence Model of Consumer Participation
  70. Social Learning Theory
  71. Social Norms Theory
  72. Systems Model of Health Behaviour Change
  73. Technology Acceptance Model 1, 2 & 3
  74. Temporal Self-Regulation Theory
  75. Terror Management Theory
  76. Terror Management Health Model
  77. Theory of Interpersonal Behaviour
  78. Theory of Normative Social Behaviour
  79. Theory of Planned Behaviour
  80. Theory of Triadic Influence
  81. Transcontextual Model of Motivation
  82. Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change
  83. Value Belief Norm Theory
Book author(s) Susan Michie, Robert West, Rona Campbell, Jamie Brown & Heather Gainforth
Book genre(s) Academic, Behaviour Change
Total pages 504
ISBN-13 (Paperback) 9781912141012
ISBN-13 (Ebook) 9781912141050
ISBN-13 (PDF) 9781912141098
A very good guide to 83 theories that have or may be used to guide behavior change efforts. In part, the book shows how unscientific behavior change efforts and thinking presently is. The book argues that attempts to change behavior should draw on theories of behavior and behavior change, but then points out that interventions informed by theory have not necessarily been found to be more effective than those that have not. In part, this seems to be that many of the theories being used have not been validated. and that there is little guidance on how to choose an appropriate theory for a particular purpose. We are at a pre-scientific stage of behavior change. Suggestions for how to do a better job in the future are provided.
Great book! As I deliver driver behaviour courses on behalf of NDORS it enable me to be more effective trainer.