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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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Supporting the Internalization of Chronic Disease Management

Supporting the Internalization of Chronic Disease Management

The Case of Diabetes Mellitus

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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic

Kennon M. Sheldon

Geoffrey Williams

Thomas Joiner

Yale University Press

This chapter continues where the previous one left off, although it looks at a different case setting. The discussion focuses on the patients' need to start doing a certain behavior and continue doing it over time; this is called the complex behavior of self-monitoring. The “self-applying” motivation comes into play in this scenario. It can be noted that while these two cases seem different, the same motivational dynamics apply, as these both need effective long-term self-regulation in order to achieve a potentially important health benefit. The patients would also need to behave in a way in which they are initially unwilling to behave.

Keywords:   self-monitoring, motivation, motivational dynamics, self-regulation, diabetes

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