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Effects of socio-structural variables in the theory of planned behavior : a mediation model in multiple samples and behaviors (2021)

Hagger, M. S., & Hamilton, K. (2021). Effects of socio-structural variables in the theory of planned behavior : a mediation model in multiple samples and behaviors. Psychology and Health, 36(3), 307-333. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2020.1784420

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All authors or editors: Hagger, Martin S.; Hamilton, Kyra

Journal or series: Psychology and Health

ISSN: 0887-0446

eISSN: 1476-8321

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 01/07/2020

Volume: 36

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 307-333

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2020.1784420

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77966

Web address of parallel published publication (pre-print): https://psyarxiv.com/rfx9d/


Objective: Observed variation in health behavior may be attributable to socio-structural variables that represent inequality. We tested the hypothesis that variability related to socio-structural variables may be linked to variation in social cognition determinants of health behavior. A proposed model in which effects of socio-structural variables (age, education level, gender, income) on health behavior participation was mediated by social cognition constructs was tested.
Design: Model effects were tested in correlational datasets (k = 13) in different health behaviors, populations, and contexts. Samples included self-report measures of age, highest attained education level, gender, and net household income, and constructs from the theory of planned behavior (attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intention). Ten samples provided follow-up self-reports of health behavior.
Results: Path analyses supported sample-specific indirect effects of gender and age on health behavior with comparatively few income and education level effects. Meta-analytic structural equation modeling indicated consistent indirect and total effects of gender on intentions and health behavior through social cognition constructs, and a total effect of education level on behavior.
Conclusion: Results provide support for the proposed mechanism by which socio-structural variables relate to health behavior. Replication in larger samples and meta-analytic synthesis across multiple health behavior studies is warranted.

Keywords: health behaviour; social cognition; socioeconomic factors; intention; attitudes

Free keywords: health behavior determinants; social cognition theory; health-related behavior; intention; attitude

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Reporting Year: 2021

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