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(p. 161) The Transtheoretical Approach
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(p. 161) The Transtheoretical Approach
Author(s):

James O. Prochaska

, and Carlo C. DiClemente

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190690465.003.0008
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date: 21 October 2019

The transtheoretical model outlines important dimensions of intentional behavior change from an integrative perspective. Stages describe the motivational and temporal dimension and the critical multidimensional tasks involved in creating sustained change. Processes are an eclectic set of cognitive/experiential and behavioral coping activities that act as mechanisms or engines of change that drive completion of stage tasks. The chapter summarizes the origins of the approach, its applicability and structure, therapeutic relationship, and diversity considerations. A case example illustrates its assessment and treatment foundations. The transtheoretical approach has demonstrated utility in tailoring treatment and predicting outcomes across a variety of health, mental health, and addictive behaviors.

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