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dc.contributor.convenorSedat Ozkan & Hayriye Elbien_US
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Heatheren_US
dc.contributor.authorDe Mello Porto Steinnagel, Gabriellaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Colletteen_US
dc.contributor.editorJimmie C. Holland & Maggie Watsonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T12:35:16Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T12:35:16Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.date.modified2013-05-30T03:33:53Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/43766
dc.description.abstractBackground: After a cancer diagnosis, physical activity and healthy eating can help cancer survivors to maintain better physical and mental health. This study compared two models to help understand factors that predict physical activity and nutrition in survivors of breast or prostate cancer. The transtheoretical model (TTM) focuses on stage of readiness to engage in a behaviour, and the commonsense illness representations (CM) model looks at individual cognitive and emotional perceptions of the illness. Methods: Participants were 92 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and 154 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants completed a written or online questionnaire which assessed demographic and health information, illness representations, diet and exercise stage of change, self efficacy and preferences regarding health behaviour interventions. Health behaviours in the past 7 days were measured via the International Physical Activity Questionnaire and concordance with national age- and gender-specific dietary guidelines. Results: The TTM model was related to physical activity in both male prostate cancer survivors and female breast cancer survivors. Exercise stage of change and exercise self-efficacy were significant independent predictors of activity in multiple regressions for both survivor groups. This model was also supported for women's nutrition scores but not for men's. The CM model was not supported in this study. Cancer survivors more frequently reported increasing physical activity and healthy eating since diagnosis than maintaining or decreasing these behaviours and many expressed interest in interventions that would assist with activity and healthy eating. Conclusion: Health behaviours among survivors of breast cancer or prostate cancer can be partially explained by the TTM model of behaviour change. Further investigation of the commonsense illness representations model in cancer survivors may require refinement of methods, as items referring to "your illness" appeared to be viewed as having limited relevance for many survivors. Research Implications: The applicability of the TTM model to health behaviours of cancer survivors could be further investigated through longitudinal research, intervention research, and studies with more targeted groups of survivors. Clinical Implications: Based on these results, it is likely that interventions based on the TTM model of behaviour change would be helpful for cancer survivors who want assistance with increasing their physical activity and/or healthy eating. This study showed that many survivors take their own steps to improve these health behaviours, and thus a stepped-care approach may be appropriate, with higher intensity health behaviour support available to those who require this type of support. Acknowledgement of Funding: None.en_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.publisher.placeChichester, United Kingdomen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.ipos-society.org/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationYen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencename13th World Congress of Psycho-Oncologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitlePsycho-Oncologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2011-10-16en_US
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2011-10-20en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationAntalya, Turkeyen_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHealth, Clinical and Counselling Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170106en_US
dc.titleUsing the commonsense and transtheoretical models to understand health behaviours after diagnosis with prostate or breast canceren_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE3 - Conference Publications (Extract Paper)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Applied Psychologyen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Using the commonsense and transtheoretical models to understand health behaviours after diagnosis with prostate or breast cancer, Psycho-Oncology , Vol.20 (S1), 2011, pp. 105–300, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.2078.en_US
gro.date.issued2011
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