Changes in intentions, planning, and self-efficacy predict changes in behaviors: An application of latent true change modeling
Journal of Health Psychology
Can latent true changes in intention, planning, and self-efficacy account for latent change in two health behaviors (physical activity as well as fruit and vegetable intake)? Baseline data on predictors and behaviors and corresponding follow-up data four weeks later were collected from 853 participants. Interindividual differences in change and change–change associations were analyzed using structural equation modeling. For both behaviors, similar prediction patterns were found: changes in intention and self-efficacy predicted changes in planning, which in turn corresponded to changes in behavior. This evidence confirms that change predicts change, which is an inherent precondition in behavior change theories.
Geiser, Christian; Reuter, Tabea; Ziegelmann, Jochen P.; Wiedemann, Amelie; Lippke, Sonia; Schüz, Benjamin; and Schwarzer, Ralf, "Changes in intentions, planning, and self-efficacy predict changes in behaviors: An application of latent true change modeling" (2010). Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 1307.