People do have the ability to regulate and change their personal behavior.
I am a nurse-researcher who has studied how people regulate and change their personal behavior for over ten years. Stress management, adherence to medication schedules, smoking cessation and weight management are all areas where people can and often do change their behavior to improve their health.
These kinds of health behavior change are the focus of my research. Clinicians and researchers like myself who study behavior change understand it as a process that moves through stages, although it is rarely linear movement from point A to point B.
As health professionals, understanding this process is crucial to knowing how best to encourage and support health-improving behavior change. I've developed Commitment to Health (CTH) theory and the Commitment to Health Scale (CTHS) looking for answers to these behavior-change questions:
1. How do people modify and maintain health-related behavior?
2. How can we predict the likelihood of successfully changing and
maintaining a health behavior change?
3. How can we as health care professionals effectively support people's efforts to change and maintain healthy behavior?
After extensive review of research data, I constructed a method (Commitment to Health Scale) to measure two crucial dimensions in the TTM stages so they can be analyzed.
CTH is a powerful tool enabling health professionals to (1) predict stage movement and (2) identify differences between people who are able to make a permanent change and those who are not.
"Having an understanding of why people behave as they do and what might motivate them to change is the foundation of health behavior change.
This website provides information different aspects of CTH and CTHS: