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The relationship between frequency of performance and perceived importance of health behaviours.

Authors
  • Nudelman, Gabriel1
  • Ivanova, Eliza2
  • 1 Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 2 Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria. , (Bulgaria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
10-11
Pages
1692–1706
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318770724
PMID: 29692209
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The relationship between performance of health behaviours and their perceived importance was examined among 250 adults. Frequency of performance and perceived importance of 21 health behaviours, self-assessed health and the Big Five personality traits were measured. As expected, importance and performance were positively correlated. Self-assessed health was more strongly associated with performance than importance, and a model wherein importance affects performance, which in turn affects self-assessed health, was superior to a model wherein performance affects importance. The Big Five significantly explained performance, particularly conscientiousness, and importance explained performance beyond this effect. Consequently, importance perceptions should be considered when developing behavioural interventions.

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