Enhanced life functioning: Initial efficacy of a theoretical approach to integrate multiple health behavior interventions in young adults

Tara L. Broccoli, Diana T. Sanchez, Michael A. Friedman, Omowunmi Y.O. Osinubi

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Abstract

Objectives: We propose a new theoretical model that integrates health interventions targeting multiple health behaviors around a common framework of enhancing life functioning. We then test an enhanced life functioning message against an enhanced physical health message in increasing participants' perceived importance of engaging in multiple health behaviors. Methods: 94 undergraduate participants were exposed to either an enhanced life functioning message or an enhanced physical health message and then completed measures of health behavior importance and benefits associated with enhanced life functioning importance in the spring of 2008 at Rutgers University. Results: Results indicate the efficacy of an enhanced life functioning message in increasing participants' perceived importance of engaging in multiple health behaviors. Moreover, the effect of an enhanced life functioning message on perceived health behavior importance is mediated by perceived importance of the benefits associated with enhanced life functioning. Conclusions: Emphasizing enhanced life functioning as an outcome of engaging in multiple health behaviors increases the perceived importance of performing multiple health behaviors, which may influence the performance of multiple health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-536
Number of pages5
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Enhanced life functioning
  • Health behaviors
  • Integration
  • Multiple interventions
  • Theoretical framework

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