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The Science of Sustaining Health Behavior Change: The Health Maintenance Consortium

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Abstract:

Objective : To enhance understanding of the long-term maintenance of behavior change, as well as effective strategies for achieving sustainable health promotion and disease prevention through the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC).

Methods : This introductory research synthesis prepared by the resource center gives context to this theme issue by providing an overview of the HMC and the articles in this journal.

Results : It explores the contributions to our conceptualization of behavior change processes and intervention strategies, the trajectory of effectiveness of behavioral and social interventions, and factors influencing the long-term maintenance of behavioral and social interventions.

Conclusions : Future directions for furthering the science of maintaining behavior change and reducing the gaps between research and practice are recommended.

Keywords: behavior change; dietary behaviors; intervention research; maintenance; physical activity; research consortia; smoking; substance abuse; translational research

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.34.6.2

Affiliations: 1 Regents Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX.

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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