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Intervention Strategies for Changing Health Behavior
Applying the Disconnected Values Model

ISBN 9781138908123
Published December 21, 2015 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

Changing habits, particularly habits that are self-destructive and unhealthy, is among the most challenging goals of therapists and coaches who work with clients in promoting a healthier lifestyle. The purpose of this book is to "help the helper," that is, to assist the person whose professional mission it is to provide a service that enables clients or patients to acknowledge their unhealthy habits and to replace them with more desirable, healthier routines. It focuses on the power of helping clients identify: (1) the inconsistency between their core values – what they consider most important in life – with one or more unhealthy habits, (2) the costs and long-term consequences of this inconsistency, called a "disconnect" in the model, and (3) their willingness to conclude that the consequences of this inconsistency is unacceptable. At that stage, (4) clients should be prepared to work with a coach in developing and carrying out an action plan that aims to remove the disconnect between the client’s values and at least one of their unhealthy habits.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Need to Change Health Behavior  1. Explaining the Causes of Unhealthy Habits: Our Self-Destructive Nature  2. Challenges of Changing Health Behavior  Part 2: Theoretical Foundations and Support  3. Psychological Benefits of Physical Activity  4. Strengths and Limitations of Existing Theories and Models in Health Behavior Change  5. Theoretical and Empirical Support for the Disconnected Values Model  Part 3: Describing the Disconnected Values Model  6. Negative Habits  7. Performance Barriers  8. Perceived Benefits, Costs, and Consequences  9. Values  10. Disconnects between Negative Habits and Core Values  11. Determining and Carrying Out an Action Plan  Part 4: Adherence and Compliance to New Healthy Habits  12. Adherence and Compliance to Healthy Habits  13. Steps for Achieving Adherence to New (Healthy) Habits  Part 5: Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies that Promote Healthy Habits  14. Defining and Explaining Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies  15. Cognitive Strategies for Health Behavior Change  16. Behavioral Strategies for Health Behavior Change  Part 6: Personal Factors that Influence Health Behavior Change  17. Personal Qualities That Promote Healthy Habits  18. Personal Qualities that Inhibit Healthy Habits  19. Role of Spirituality in Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle  20. Sample Applications of the Disconnected Values Model  Additional Readings  Appendix A: Sample Client Workbook for Applying the Disconnected Values Model  Appendix B: Exerciser Checklist: Guidelines for High Quality Exercise Experiences

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Mark H. Anshel is professor emeritus at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He received a degree in physical education from Illinois State University (B.S.) and degrees from McGill University (M.A.) and Florida State University (Ph.D.) in performance psychology. He has authored over 140 research articles published in scientific journals, 14 book chapters, and 10 books, including Applied Health Fitness Psychology (2014). Over the past 15 years, he developed, validated, and authored research articles on the Disconnected Values Model.