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Discontinuity patterns in stages of the precaution adoption process model: Meat consumption during a livestock epidemic

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Falko Sniehotta


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Objectives. Patterns of changes in social-cognitive variables were investigated in order to test selected stages of the precaution adoption process model (PAPM). It was hypothesized that non-linear trends (discontinuity patterns) in perceived vulnerability, positive and negative outcome expectancies, procrastination, and self-efficacy might be observed across the stages.Design. Cross-sectional data from 808 respondents were employed. Method. Questionnaire data were collected in an on-line study on meat consumption during a livestock epidemic in Germany. Polynomial trends and analyses of variance with post-hoc-contrasts were used to examine the patterns of change. Results. Discontinuity patterns were found for perceived vulnerability, negative outcome expectancies, and procrastination. The data provided partial support for discontinuity patterns in self-efficacy. Continuity patterns were found for positive outcome expectancies. Conclusions. Results provide support for a stage model rather than a pseudo-stage model.

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Author(s): Sniehotta FF, Luszczynska A, Scholz U, Lippike S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Health Psychology

Year: 2005

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 221-235

ISSN (print): 1359-107X

Publisher: The British Psychological Society


DOI: 10.1348/135910705X26137


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