Health Psychology in Nursing Practice gives nurses and healthcare practitioners the essentials of health psychology to assist patients and their relatives in adjusting to diagnoses, coping with treatments and other disease–related life changes, managing symptoms and making healthy choices. Directly aimed at nurses, this textbook helps them improve their practice in a very practical way. Key features: * Concise content specifically aimed at nurses and other healthcare professions and taking both an evidence-based and applied approach * Key learning objectives and chapters summaries for revision * Case examples give even more insight into how theory works in the real world * Reflective activities help think about real life practice and quizzes test your knowledge Elizabeth Barley is a Chartered Psychologist and Practitioner Health Psychologist and has been a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She currently is Senior Manager for the psychology research portfolio at MQ, a mental health charity based in London.

Promoting Healthy Choices

Promoting Healthy Choices

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter you will be able to explain:

  • Theoretical approaches to understanding health behaviour change in individuals. These include:

    • Self-determination Theory
    • Temporal Self-regulation Theory
    • The Strength Model of Self-control
    • Relapse prevention
  • Psychological constructs involved in health behaviour change in individuals, including:

    • Intention
    • Self-regulation
    • Habit
    • Self-control
  • Techniques for helping people to make and stick with healthy choices. These include:

    • Ask, advise, act
    • Feedback and monitoring
    • Goal setting
    • Action planning
    • Coping planning
    • Incentives
    • Motivational interviewing
  • Methodological challenges in studying health behaviour change in individuals
  • Population-level behaviour change


In spite of a plethora of health education initiatives, many people have difficulty making and sticking to healthy choices. This chapter will focus on understanding why this is the case and will describe behaviour change theories and techniques which nurses, midwives and health visitors can use to help ...

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