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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151835
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Factors Motivating the Adoption of Healthy Behaviors: A Qualitative Study
Abstract:
Factors Motivating the Adoption of Healthy Behaviors: A Qualitative Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Wynd, Christine, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Akron
Title:Professor
Objective: General health promotion programs are receiving increasing emphasis for reducing the costs of illness care. Research is needed to investigate the most promising techniques for assisting people with the pursuit of healthier lifestyles. The purpose of this study was to identify factors motivating individuals to adopt healthier behaviors as well as to link these behaviors with individual mechanisms for successful lifestyle change. Design: A descriptive qualitative design was used in the study. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Healthy adults were recruited from a small urban community in the Midwest United States and a convenience sample of adults, aged 18-65 years, (N = 193) was asked to respond to an open-ended, semi-structured item on the Health Motivation Assessment Inventory. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: This study examined the qualitative experience of adopting healthy behaviors and personal factors creating motivation for living a healthier lifestyle. The research further explored health behaviors receiving a major emphasis from subjects constituting the sample. Methods: Individual subject narratives were transcribed and subjected to content analysis. Transcripts were read and analyzed for emergent patterns that produced themes and subthemes regarding healthy behaviors, motivational factors, and successful behavioral adoption techniques. Themes were then identified and validated through the work of a second qualitative researcher. Findings: Relevant themes identified health promoting behaviors of (1) exercise, (2) weight loss, (3) smoking cessation, (4) improved diet and nutrition, (5) overcoming fatigue, and (6) other healthy behaviors. Common subthemes examined motivating factors such as self-image enhancement, increasing health and well being, decreasing risk observed in family histories, and role modeling for children. Conclusions: Certain factors and instances in a person’s life experience influence decisions to adopt a healthier lifestyle. These factors are often readily identified by individuals and can be used to assist participation in healthier activities. Health behaviors and motivating factors found in this study mirror leading health indicators for America’s Healthy People 2010, which include exercise and physical activity for age-appropriate fitness, weight loss to prevent overweight and obesity, and smoking cessation to overcome tobacco use. Implications: Nurses are often involved in the development of health promotion programs. The most successful programs will be those linked to information that is systematically collected, analyzed, and made relevant to the public.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFactors Motivating the Adoption of Healthy Behaviors: A Qualitative Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151835-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Factors Motivating the Adoption of Healthy Behaviors: A Qualitative Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">June, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wynd, Christine, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Akron</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cwynd@uakron.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: General health promotion programs are receiving increasing emphasis for reducing the costs of illness care. Research is needed to investigate the most promising techniques for assisting people with the pursuit of healthier lifestyles. The purpose of this study was to identify factors motivating individuals to adopt healthier behaviors as well as to link these behaviors with individual mechanisms for successful lifestyle change. Design: A descriptive qualitative design was used in the study. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Healthy adults were recruited from a small urban community in the Midwest United States and a convenience sample of adults, aged 18-65 years, (N = 193) was asked to respond to an open-ended, semi-structured item on the Health Motivation Assessment Inventory. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: This study examined the qualitative experience of adopting healthy behaviors and personal factors creating motivation for living a healthier lifestyle. The research further explored health behaviors receiving a major emphasis from subjects constituting the sample. Methods: Individual subject narratives were transcribed and subjected to content analysis. Transcripts were read and analyzed for emergent patterns that produced themes and subthemes regarding healthy behaviors, motivational factors, and successful behavioral adoption techniques. Themes were then identified and validated through the work of a second qualitative researcher. Findings: Relevant themes identified health promoting behaviors of (1) exercise, (2) weight loss, (3) smoking cessation, (4) improved diet and nutrition, (5) overcoming fatigue, and (6) other healthy behaviors. Common subthemes examined motivating factors such as self-image enhancement, increasing health and well being, decreasing risk observed in family histories, and role modeling for children. Conclusions: Certain factors and instances in a person&rsquo;s life experience influence decisions to adopt a healthier lifestyle. These factors are often readily identified by individuals and can be used to assist participation in healthier activities. Health behaviors and motivating factors found in this study mirror leading health indicators for America&rsquo;s Healthy People 2010, which include exercise and physical activity for age-appropriate fitness, weight loss to prevent overweight and obesity, and smoking cessation to overcome tobacco use. Implications: Nurses are often involved in the development of health promotion programs. The most successful programs will be those linked to information that is systematically collected, analyzed, and made relevant to the public.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:15:15Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:15:15Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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