Pros And Cons Of Transtheoretical Model

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Health educators and other public health workers often utilize one or more of the major theories of health promotion and health behavior in order to develop their approach to program planning and intervention. Three of the major, most commonly utilized theories include the Transtheoretical Model (TTM), Theory of Planned Behavior (TBM), and the Health Belief Model (HBM). While the ultimate goal of each of these models is to achieve a positive behavior change within the priority population, each model seeks to achieve this goal in a different way. The Transtheoretical Model was developed by Prochaska and DiClemente and is based on the premise that “behavior change is [an ongoing] process, not [a single] event” (NIH, 15). In other words, individuals experience an ongoing thought process weighing the pros and cons of their current behavior against the pros and cons of the new behavior. As they move along the continuum, they become closer to taking the final step that results in a positive behavior change. TTM is comprised of five main stages: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance (NIH, 15). TTM theorists believe that change occurs as an individual moves through each stage. Different interventions should be implemented for each…show more content…
This is an area that a health educator could address using the “perceived barriers” concept of the Health Belief Model. As this study suggests, healthcare advocates and providers need to first work on building rapport and establishing trust within the African American community so that they will be in a position to offer correct information as well as provide reassurance and assistance to the community (Bogart & Thorburn,

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