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Regulatory focus and self-determination motives interact to predict students’ nutrition-habit intentions.

Lalot, Fanny, Quiamzade, Alain, Zerhouni, Oulmann (2019) Regulatory focus and self-determination motives interact to predict students’ nutrition-habit intentions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25 (3). pp. 477-490. ISSN 1076-898X. (doi:10.1037/xap0000196) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76096)

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Abstract

Regulatory focus (Higgins, 1997) and self-determination (Deci & Ryan, 2000) are two motivation theories widely applied in health-intervention research but never conjointly, despite sharing a number of theoretical similarities. In three studies (N = 578), we investigated how university students’ self-determination motives to act upon their nutrition interact with induced regulatory focus and regulatory-message framing to predict their behaviors or intentions to improve their eating habits. Results revealed a fit between extrinsic motives and prevention focus: Intention increased with extrinsic motives in a prevention but not a promotion focus. The effect of intrinsic motives, however, was independent of the focus, which suggests that these motives drive intention and behavior independently of external cues. Hence, the results advocate for simultaneously taking into consideration self-determination and regulatory focus when planning a health intervention relying on motivation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/xap0000196
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Fanny Lalot
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 09:36 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2019 08:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76096 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lalot, Fanny: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1237-5585
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