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An exploratory study on the relation between compensatory health beliefs and behavior

Sprangers, I.J.M.Y. (2014) An exploratory study on the relation between compensatory health beliefs and behavior.

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Abstract:Compensatory Health Beliefs (CHBeliefs) are beliefs people hold that certain unhealthy (but pleasurable) behavior can be compensated for or neutralized by engaging in healthy behavior (Knäuper, Rabiau, Cohen, & Patriciu, 2004). However, research shows that even though holding CHBeliefs, the actual compensational behavior (CHBehavior) is not always shown (Kaklamanou, Armitage, & Jones, 2013; Knäuper et al., 2004). This study aims to explore the relation between CHBeliefs and CHBehavior and the potential role of food focus, intention to compensate and intention to maintain current weight on this relation. A longitudinal online survey was distributed among participants twice, at T1 and T2 (T1 N = 120, T2 N = 112). Results show a high correlation between CHBeliefs and CHBehavior, cross sectional as well as longitudinal. Both concepts were relatively stable over time. Food focus moderates the relation between CHBeliefs and CHBehavior at T2 and the intention to maintain current weight mediates the relation between CHBeliefs and CHBehavior at T2. A high intention to compensate correlates strongly with CHBehavior (T1+T2).
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65784
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