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The Stages of Behavioral Change: Transtheortical Model

The Transtheoretical Model of behavior change is an integrative theory of therapy that assesses an individual's readiness to act on a new healthier behavior, and provides strategies, or processes of change to guide the individual.




1. Pre-contemplation

You do not intend to take action in the foreseeable future. You’re unaware that your behavior is problematic or produces negative consequences.


2. Contemplation

You are intending to start healthy behavior in the foreseeable future. You recognize that your behavior may be problematic.


3. Preparation

You’re ready to take action within the next 30 days. You start to take small steps toward your behavior change and you believe changing your behavior can lead to a healthier life.


4. Maintenance

You have sustained your behavior change for a while and intend to maintain the behavior change forward. You’re working to prevent relapse.


5. Termination

You have no desire to return to your unhealthy behaviors and you are sure that you will not relapse.


6. Action

You’ve recently changed your behavior and intend to keep moving forward with that change.

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