Stages of Change and Decisional Balance for 12 Problem Behaviors
O. Prochaska, Wayne F.
Velicer, Joseph S. Rossi, Michael G. Goldstein, Bess H. Marcus, William Rakowski, Christine Fiore, Lisa L. Harlow,
Colleen A. Redding, Dena Rosenbloom, and Susan R. Rossi
Cancer Prevention Research
This integrative study investigated the generalization of the
Transtheoretical model across 12 problem behaviors. The cross sectional comparisons
involved relationships between two key constructs of the model, the stages of change and
decisional balance. The behaviors studied were smoking cessation, quitting cocaine, weight
control, high fat diets, adolescent delinquent behaviors, safer sex, condom use, sunscreen
use, radon gas exposure, exercise acquisition, mammography screening, and physicians'
preventive practices with smokers. Clear commonalities were observed across the 12 areas,
including both the internal structure of the measures and the pattern of changes in
decisional balance across stages.
* Abstract Reprinted with permission