The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change

The Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change is a principle in psychology that allows you to assess an individual’s readiness to act on a new healthier behaviour, and provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the individual through the stages of change to Action and Maintenance.

It includes the following constructs:

Precontemplation (Not Ready)

People are not intending to take action in the foreseeable future, and can be unaware that their behaviour is problematic

Contemplation (Getting Ready)

People are beginning to recognise that their behaviour is problematic, and start to look at the pros and cons of their continued actions

Preparation (Ready)

People are intending to take action in the immediate future, and may begin taking small steps toward behaviour change

Action (Habit in action)

People have made specific overt modifications in modifying their problem behaviour or in acquiring new healthy behaviours

Maintenance (Continuing Habit)

People have been able to sustain action for at least six months and are working to prevent relapse

Termination (Way of life)

Individuals have zero temptation and they are sure they will not return to their old unhealthy habit as a way of coping

Relapse (Given up habit)

You have given up and moved from Action or Maintenance to an earlier stage, probably Contemplation[/text_block]