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Efficacy of Behavioural Interventions for Transport Behaviour Change: A Systematic Review with Narrative Moderator Analyses

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bronia Arnott, Dr Lucia Rehackova, Linda Errington, Professor Falko Sniehotta, Professor Vera Araujo-SoaresORCiD


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Background: Inactivity is killing as many as smoking. Active commuting for regular journeys could increase individual physical activity levels. This review critically evaluated the available evidence for efficacy of existing behavioural interventions to change transport behaviours. Methods: Controlled trials of behavioural interventions for transport behaviour change in adult participants were included. Outcome measures of transport behaviours, including the promotion of more active travel, were compared with no interventions or alternative interventions. The CALO-RE taxonomy was used to map behaviour change techniques with intervention efficacy. Findings: Thirteen articles were included, representing 11 unique studies. These were summarised narratively, with moderator analyses. Methodological quality assessments suggested considerable risk of bias. Discussion: The evidence for the efficacy of behavioural interventions to promote more active travel is currently weak and inconclusive, with considerable risk of bias. Exploratory moderator analyses identified promising behaviour change techniques, including action planning and self-monitoring.

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Author(s): Arnott B, Rehackova L, Errington L, Sniehotta F, Roberts J, Araujo-Soares V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: “Well-being, Quality of Life and Caregiving” : 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 62-62

ISSN: 0887-0446

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2013.810851

Notes: Special Issue: Abstracts Supplement: “Well-being, Quality of Life and Caregiving” : 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society.

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Series Title: Psychology & Health

ISBN: 14768321