Dental flossing and automaticity: a longitudinal moderated mediation analysis

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Hamilton, Kyra
Orbell, Sheina
Bonham, Mikaela
Kroon, Jeroen
Schwarzer, Ralf
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We investigated the role of normative support, behavioural automaticity, and action control in predicting dental flossing behaviour. Between May and October 2015, 629 Australian young adults completed a questionnaire assessing constructs of normative support and automaticity, and a 2-week follow-up of dental flossing behaviour and action control, resulting in n = 241 persons for longitudinal analysis. Findings supported the hypotheses that the effect of normative support on behaviour would be mediated via automaticity, and the effect of automaticity would be moderated by action control. Current results extend previous research to elucidate the mechanisms that help to understand predictors of oral hygiene behaviours and contribute to the cumulative evidence concerning self-regulatory and automatic components of health behaviour.

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Health & Medicine on 20 September 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2017.1381339
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Social and personality psychology
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