The Stages of Change Model Term Paper by Nicky

An application of Prochaska and Declement's Stages of Change model to patient healthcare changes.
# 150023 | 1,258 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 19, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Psychology (Motivation Studies)

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The paper discusses how Prochaska and Declemente's Stages of Change model can serve as a valuable assessment tool for determining the patient's likelihood of achieving success in making necessary changes to his health. The paper outlines the stages of this model and shows how is a valuable guide that helps in the identification of the stage and readiness for change and also provides a framework for creating an atmosphere that facilitates the desired changes in the patient's behavior.

Understanding Motivation
Patient Assessment using Stages of Change Model

From the Paper:

"In order for a person to be motivated to make the necessary changes in order to take charge of their health, several conditions must be met. Motivation for change can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation for change comes from within. The person wants to make the change when they are intrinsically motivated. Extrinsic motivation means that the motivation for change stems from an outside source, even if this mean avoiding an unwanted consequence.
"When one applies this principle to case management in the nursing profession, the internal reason for wanting to make the change can be understood (Ciccomascolo & Riebe, 2006). Making change takes effort on the part of the patient. They must often overcome many obstacles. Sometimes the changes that they need to make may seem unpleasant to them, or appear to be too much "hassle." Motivation for making changes in lifestyle due to health needs often stems from extrinsic motivation through education by the healthcare staff. Motivation to make health related lifestyle changes often stems from a desire to avoid an undesirable consequence
"Understanding the reasons for the need to make a health related lifestyle change is necessary in order to move into the first step towards that change. Although many know that a change will be necessary in order to avoid unwanted health consequences in the future, it is difficult to motivate the person to make the first step towards change. The process that a patient goes through on the way to making positive changes can be examined using Prochaska & Declemente's Stages of Change Model."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buckworth, J., Lee, R., & Regan, et al. (2007). Decomposing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for exercise: Application to stages of motivational readiness. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 8 (4), 441-461.
  • Ciccomascolo, L. & Riebe, D. (2006). Setting the Stage for Physical Activity for Secondary Students: Want to Get Students Moving? Try the Stages of Change Model. JOPERD-- The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 77 (9), 34.
  • Prochaska, J. O., & DeClemente, C. C. (1982). Transtheoretical therapy: Toward a more integrativemodel of change. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research,and Practice, 20, 161-173.
  • Rochlen, A., Rude, S. & Baron, A. (2005). The Relationship of Client Stages of Change to Working Alliance and Outcome in Short-Term Counseling. Journal of College Counseling. 8 (1), 52.
  • Walker, C., Greene, B. & Mansell, R. (2006). Identification with academics, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, and self-efficacy as predictors of cognitive engagement. Learning and Individual Differences. 16 (1), 1-12.

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