With a little help from my goals: integrating intergoal facilitation with the theory of planned behaviour to predict physical activity

Justin Presseau, Falko F Sniehotta, Jill J Francis, Winifred A Gebhardt

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OBJECTIVE: Integration of a multiple goal theory approach into the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to investigate how the perceived facilitating and conflicting relationships in multiple goal pursuit predict performance of a health-related behaviour. DESIGN: Prospective design with 8-week follow-up. METHODS: At baseline, perceived intergoal facilitation and intergoal conflict were measured using personal projects analysis supplemented with standard TPB measures for physical activity (PA). Self-reported PA was measured at follow-up 8 weeks later. N=137 participants completed measures at both time points (55.4% response rate at follow-up). RESULTS: Hierarchical regression showed that perceived intergoal facilitation, but not intergoal conflict, directly predicted PA beyond intention and perceived behavioural control (PBC), accounting for more than 4% of additional variance in PA. Intergoal facilitation had an indirect effect on intention through attitude and PBC, and intention partially mediated the effect of intergoal facilitation on behaviour. CONCLUSION: The perceived facilitating effect of pursuing other personal goals predicts the performance of a health-related behaviour over and above single behaviour-focused social cognitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-919
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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