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Am J Health Behav. 2001 May-Jun;25(3):217-27.

The role of feedback in the process of health behavior change.

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  • 1Psychology Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore 21250, USA. diclemen@umbc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To offer a taxonomy of types of feedback and describe potential mechanisms of action particularly in the area of addictive behaviors.

METHOD:

Reviewed the literature to examine support for types-Generic, Targeted, and Personalized-and for mechanisms of feedback.

RESULTS:

Although it is not clear how it works, feedback is thought to offer important information, to create a sense of caring and helping relationship, to reach more directly decisional considerations, to increase engagement in the materials, to increase motivation, or to provide social comparison and norms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Avenues for future research in search of the most effective manner of using feedback to promote health behavior change are discussed.

PMID:
11322620
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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