From knowledge to action regulation: Modeling the cognitive prerequisites of sun screen use in Australian and UK samples

Citation
F. Jones et al., From knowledge to action regulation: Modeling the cognitive prerequisites of sun screen use in Australian and UK samples, PSYCHOL HEA, 16(2), 2001, pp. 191-206
Citations number
44
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH
ISSN journal
0887-0446 → ACNP
Volume
16
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
191 - 206
Database
ISI
SICI code
0887-0446(2001)16:2<191:FKTARM>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
Sun protective cognition and behaviour was studied on beaches in Australia (n = 113) and in the UK (n = 376). Cognition measures based on social psych ological models, including the Theory of Planned Behaviour, were used to co nstruct a model of sunscreen use. Path analysis showed that knowledge, norm s, perceived threat, self-efficacy and perceived importance of short-term n egative consequences of sun exposure accounted for 44% of the variance in i ntentions to use sunscreen. A measure of prior planning contributed as much to the prediction of behaviour as did intentions and there was support for both a moderating and a mediating influence of planning on intention. The results support theoretical proposals that post-decisional cognitions shoul d be added to current theoretical models and have implications for interven tion design.