Title

Current understanding and future direction of the Trans-Theoretical model: The role of adolescent cognitive egocentrism

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

RAS ID

4935

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bright, S. J., McKillop, D., & Ryder, D. (2007). Current understanding and future direction of the Trans-Theoretical model: The role of adolescent cognitive egocentrism. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 24(02), 25-43. Original article available here

Abstract

Despite being the cornerstone of behaviour change interventions, a review of the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) highlights that younger populations have been excluded in the development of this model. It is not surprising then that interventions underpinned by the TTM have not been shown to be effective when applied to younger populations. Cognitive development was proposed to account for this age discrepancy. One such construct, adolescent egocentrism comprising of the imaginary audience and the personal fable was explored in relation to both unhealthy behaviour participation and behavioural change. It appeared plausible that the cognitive distortions associated with this construct could affect individuals’ utilisation of those cognitive processes of change proposed by the TTM as being necessary for successful behaviour change. This may provide a fertile avenue for future behaviour change research, extending the interventional scope of the TTM.

DOI

10.1017/S0816512200029199

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1017/S0816512200029199