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Self-Determination Theory in the ClinicMotivating Physical and Mental Health$
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Kennon Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095449

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095449.001.0001

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Facilitating Health Behavior Change

Facilitating Health Behavior Change

The Case of Tobacco Dependence

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(p.65) 5 Facilitating Health Behavior Change
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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic
Author(s):

Kennon M. Sheldon

Geoffrey Williams

Thomas Joiner

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095449.003.0005

This chapter is one of two that discuss motivating healthier patient behaviors, specifically tobacco dependence. It starts with a look at the commonalities of behavior change and the natural history of change, before shifting to a section that applies these concepts to the relationship between “Dr.P.” and “K.M.,” where K.M. tries to quit smoking. This chapter illustrates how self-determination theory can be applied in a clinical setting, and how “self denying” motivation is one way to meet the patient's intention to stop smoking.

Keywords:   patient behaviors, tobacco dependence, behavior change, clinical setting, motivation, smoking

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