Self-affirmation and self-control: counteracting defensive processing of health information and facilitating health behavior change

van Koningsbruggen, G M, Miles, Eleanor and Harris, Peter (2016) Self-affirmation and self-control: counteracting defensive processing of health information and facilitating health behavior change. In: Ridder, D, Adriaanse, M and Fujita, K (eds.) Handbook of self-control in health and wellbeing. Routledge, Abingdon-on-Thames. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Accepting personally relevant health information and successfully changing one’s health behavior accordingly is valuable for long-term health and wellbeing. However, both steps pose different self-control dilemmas. It is no surprise, therefore, that people may resist health information and maintain unhealthy behavior. In this chapter, we consider the problem of responding adaptively to health risk information from a self-control perspective, and discuss how a self-affirmation intervention (that typically requires people to reflect on their important personal values or attributes) may improve self-control in the context of health information processing and health behavior change.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 14:21
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 14:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61370

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