Predicting and understanding safety helmet use among schoolboy cyclists: A comparison of the theory of planned behaviour and the health belief model

Quine, Lyn and Rutter, Derek R. and Arnold, Laurence (1998) Predicting and understanding safety helmet use among schoolboy cyclists: A comparison of the theory of planned behaviour and the health belief model. Psychology & Health, 13 (2). pp. 251-269. ISSN 0887-0446. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The paper reports a prospective longitudinal comparison of the Health Belief Model (Rosenstock, 1966) and the Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1985) in which the ability of the models to predict and understand the factors determining use of protective helmets among 162 schoolboy cyclists was examined by path analysis. The TPB emerged with greater economy and less redundancy than the HEM. A second path analysis examined whether intention, which is not included among the original components of the HEM, might mediate the links between the predictor variables and behaviour, and this proved to be correct. Lastly, the effects of prior behaviour were examined and found to have a significant effect on helmet use in both models. It was concluded that the TPB had greater predictive utility than the HEM. The implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are offered.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2009 15:40
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2014 15:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17514 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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