Teaching practitioners Healthy Conversation Skills 

Posted Posted in Communication, Goal setting

By Wendy Lawrence, University of Southampton The main causes of death and disease in society today are influenced by our lifestyle choices, and there is a growing focus on ways to improve health behaviours. Front-line practitioners, particularly those working in health, social and community care roles, are a key resource for supporting behavioural change. Routine […]

To eat or not to eat, that is the question: How can health psychology practitioners help people manage food safety?

Posted Posted in Automaticity, Habit, Self-efficacy

By Barbara Mullan, Curtin University, Australia Extent of the problem Every year, one in 10 people worldwide (approximately 600 million people) become ill after eating contaminated food, and as many as 420,000 people die. There are vast geographical differences in where these instances occur, with African, South-East Asian, and Eastern Mediterranean regions bearing the highest […]

Helping pregnant women quit smoking: sharing best practice from the UK

Posted Posted in Financial Incentives, Smoking cessation

By Felix Naughton, University of East Anglia, UK  Between 25-50% of female smokers quit smoking after they discover they are pregnant. But why do the remainder continue to smoke throughout their pregnancy?  Do they not know that smoking during pregnancy is harmful? They usually do. One of our UK studies, that included pregnant women both […]

Improving the delivery of brief alcohol advice in primary care: views from both sides of the consultation table

Posted Posted in Assessment, Brief behavioural intervention, Goal setting, Habit, Planning

By Amy O’Donnell, Newcastle University, UK Levels of drinking have fallen recently in some parts of Europe, particularly amongst young people. However, excessive alcohol consumption remains a major risk factor for poor health and early death. Providing simple brief advice to those identified as heavy drinkers can help reduce the amount of alcohol people consume, […]

Staying well while staying at home

Posted Posted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coping, Habit, Mental Health, Planning, Routines, Self-monitoring, SMART Goals

By Dr Federica Picariello and Professor Rona Moss-Morris, King’s College London, the UK. Within weeks around the world, daily life dramatically changed, and uncertainty seized our future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the immediate and urgent need to slow down the spread of COVID-19 through rapid and widespread behavioural change (i.e., self-isolation, […]

How to maintain health behaviours long term?

Posted Posted in Habit, Motivation, Self-monitoring, Self-regulation

By Dominika Kwasnicka, SWPS University, Poland and University of Melbourne, Australia The ultimate goal of health promotion programmes is to promote long-lasting change and health care professionals can play a role and help patients to improve their health outcomes and maintaining behaviour change. We know that health behaviour change is difficult to initiate and it […]

Sluta vara en struts! Fördelarna med att hjälpa människor övervaka sina framsteg

Posted Posted in Self-monitoring

Av: Thomas L. Webb, Department of Psychology, The University of Sheffield, the UK Hur går det med ditt mål, att minska din sockerkonsumtion och tappa 10 kg? Antagligen vet du inte – du kanske inte ens vill veta. I situationer som dessa tenderar vi människor att bete oss som strutsar och begrava våra huvuden i sanden, undvikandes eller […]

Beteendevetenskapens insikter för COVID-19-pandemin

Posted Posted in Communication

Av Shane Timmons, Economic and Social Research Institute, Irland Regeringar över hela världen har mobiliserat för att försöka kontrollera spridningen av det nya coronaviruset. Om insatserna ska lyckas är dock individuella beteenden avgörande. Vi – beteendeforskningsenheten vid Ekonomiska och sociala forskningsinstitutet i Dublin – samarbetar med Irlands hälsomyndighet för att stödja deras insatser mot COVID-19-pandemin. Som en del av detta arbete har vi granskat över 100 […]

Vikten av att utvärdera klienters hanteringsstrategier

Posted Posted in Assessment, Coping

Av Nadia Garnefski och Vivian Kraaij, Institutionen för klinisk psykologi, Universiteit Leiden, Nederländerna ”Rob har just hört att han har HIV (en negativ händelse). Han känner att han själv bär skulden för detta (självklandrande) och undviker därför att träffa sina vänner (tillbakadragande). Situationen gör honom sorgsen. När han sitter hemma kan han inte sluta tänka […]

Är dina klienter defensiva? Självbekräftelse kan i så fall vara till hjälp.

Posted Posted in Communication, Motivation, Self-affirmation, Self-efficacy

Av: Peter Harris och Ian Hadden, The Self-Affirmation Research Group, School of Psychology, University of Sussex, UK Har du någonsin känt dig motvillig till att diskutera något du hellre vill ignorera? Kanske din förkärlek till något ohälsosamt som du äter alldeles för ofta eller din tendens till att undvika hälsokontroller? Du är inte ensam. De […]