Psychological interventions for health behavior change: opportunities and limitations



The paper considers possibilities and limitations of psychological methods of health behavior change based on the analysis of psychological approaches to behavior change from perspective of continuum models (health beliefs theory, motivation protection theory, social cognitive theory, subjective expected utility theory), stage models (transtheoretical model, precaution adoption process model), as well as self-regulation models in health psychology — both general ("Rubicon" model, strength model of self-control, self-regulation theory by M. Carver and C. Scheier, self-determination theory) and specific to health psychology (temporal self-regulation theory).

General Information

Keywords: health psychology, health behavior change, psychological interventions, social programs in health psychology, continuum models, stage models, self-regulation models

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Rasskazova E.I., Kosheleva N.V. Psychological interventions for health behavior change: opportunities and limitations . Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2014. Vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 183–205. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena I. Rasskazova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Neuro- and Patopsychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Senior Researcher,Mental Health Research Center, Senior Researcher, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Natalia V. Kosheleva, Ph.D. Student, Research Fellow, International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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