Motivation of Health Behavior

Paul W. O’Neal (Editor)



Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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In psychology, motivation refers to the initiation, direction, intensity and persistence of behavior (Geen, 1995). Motivation is a temporal and dynamic state that should not be confused with personality or emotion. Motivation is having the desire and willingness to do something. A motivated person can be reaching for a long-term goal such as becoming a professional writer or a more short-term goal like learning how to spell a particular word. Personality invariably refers to more or less permanent characteristics of an individual’s state of being (e.g., shy, extrovert, conscientious). As opposed to motivation, emotion refers to temporal states that do not immediately link to behavior (e.g., anger, grief, happiness). This new and important book is dedicated to motivation of health behaviors.

Preface (p. vii-xii)

Expert Commentary A
The Distinction between Attitudes and Subjective Norms; (pp. 1-4)
(David Trafimow, New Mexico State Univ., Dept. of Psychology)

Chapter 1 - Motivation in Health Behavior Research and Practice;
(pp. 5-14)
(Steve Sussman, Elahe Nezami, Pallav Pokhrel, Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Univ. of Southern California)

Chapter 2 - Motivating Individuals with Autism (Motivating Individuals with Autism with Idiosyncratic Speech: Identifying Reinforcers by comparing Verbal and Tangible Preference Assessments); (pp. 15-29)
(Richard B. Graff, New England Center for Children and Northeastern Univ., Heather Morrison, Theresa M. Cerrone, New England Center for Children)

Chapter 3 - The Ying and Yang of Indulgence and Restraint: The Ambivalence Model of Craving; (pp. 31-47)
(Werner G. K. Stritzke, School of Psychology, Univ. of Western Australia, Peter M. McEvoy, School of Psychiatry, Univ. of New South Wales, St. Vincents Hosp., Sydney, Australia, Leanne R. Wheat, Bentley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Perth, Australia)

Chapter 4 - Age Differences and Health Decisions (Age Differences in Preventive Health Decisions); (pp. 49-63)
(Ruby R. Brougham, Chapman Univ., Richard S. John, Univ. of Southern California)

Chapter 5 - Sex and Motivation (Sex and Motivation: Differences in Evolutionary Psychology-based Motives); (pp. 65-84)
(Larry C. Bernard, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, CA)

Chapter 6 - Sexual Behavioral Determinants and Risk Perception related to HIV amoung College Students; (pp. 85-95)
(Su-I Hou, Dept. of Health Promotion Behavior, College of Public Health, The Univ. of Georgia, Joseph M. Wisenbaker, Dept. of Education Psychology and Instructional Technology, The Univ. of Georgia)

Chapter 7 - Straub Tail, The Deprivation Effect and addiction to Aggression; (pp. 97-110)
(N. N. Kudryavtseva, Neurogenetics of Social Behavior Sector, Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russia)

Chapter 8 - Habituation and Alcohol Reinforcement (Motivation to Consume Alcohol in Rats: The Role of Habituation); (pp. 111-126)
(Eric S. Murphy, Univ. of Alaska Anchorage, Frances K. McSweeney, Washington State Univ., Benjamin P. Kowal, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)

Chapter 9 - Amount and Length of Alcohol Consumption among Black Adolescents as a function of Racial Discrimination Induced Anger;
(pp. 127-135)
(Francis Terrell, Aletha R. Miller, Vicki L. Campbell, Univ. of North Texas)

Chapter 10 - Link of Alcoholic Tendency to Motivation; (pp. 137-143)
(Jon L. Karlsson)

Chapter 11 - Instructional Set and Alcohol Expectancies (The Impact of Instructional Set on Alcohol Expectancies and the Evaluation of Alcohol Effects); (pp. 145-154)
(Ralf Demmel, Jennifer Nicolai, Dept. of Clinical Psychology, Univ. of Munster, Munster, Germany)

Chapter 12 - Motivation to change Drinking Behavior in Alcohol Dependents with Gastric Disease; (pp. 155-160)
(Neliana Buzi Figlie, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil, John Dunn, Royal Free and Univ. College Medical School, London, England, Ronaldo Laranjeira, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 13 - Motivating Women with Breast Cancer to achieve Empowerment by the use of support strategies; (pp. 161-1)
(Caroline Bulsara, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, Univ. of Western Australia, Irene Styles, School of Education, Murdoch Univ., Western Australia, Arlene Chan, The Mount Hosp., Western Australia)

Chapter 14 - The Effect of Psychological Motivation on Urinary Bladder Function; pp. (177-182)
(Yat-Ching Tong, Dept. of Urology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung Univ., Tainan, Taiwan, Jen-Shui Wang, Luke Pediatric Clinic, Tainan, Taiwan)

Index (pp. 183-194)

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