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Personal Behavior Change Project

One of the themes of this course is the importance of behavior modification in improving health and reducing the risk of chronic disease. The purpose of this assignment is for you to explore the process of behavior change by examining a personal behavior you wish to change.

A complete description of the assignment is available in the class Dropbox folder: Behavior change project instructions.pdf

Part One: Identify the behavior you wish to change

Submit your topic in class on Thursday, September 1.

Part Two: Create a behavior change plan

  1. Assess your readiness to change
  1. Assess personal and environmental barriers to change
  1. Use past experience to your advantage
  1. Develop a detailed plan of action
  2. Make a behavior change contract for yourself.

Submit your behavior change plan in class on Thursday, September 15 Tuesday, September 20.

Part Three: The behavior change process

The four week behavior change part of your project begins on Monday, October 3 and ends on Sunday, October 30.

Part Four: Assessment of the behavior change experience

Were you successful in your behavior change? Why or why not?

This project is due in class on Thursday, November 10 Tuesday, November 15.


What to turn in for your Personal Behavior project!

This project is due in class on Thursday, November 10.  Submit a printed copy in class. Make sure you follow the instructions. Also, please submit all materials you have turned in previously for this project. 

1. Title page, including your name and the signed Honor Pledge

On my honor as a University of South Carolina Aiken student, I have completed my work according to the principle of Academic Integrity. I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this assignment.

Signature______________________________  Date______________________

2. Identify the behavior you wish to change

  • How has the current behavior had a negative impact on your life?
  • How will changing this behavior have a positive impact on your life?

3. Your behavior change plan

  • Assess your readiness to change

What stage of the transtheoretical model are you in now? Explain your assessment?

What steps can you take to improve your readiness for change?

  • Assess personal and environmental barriers to change

Why haven’t you changed this behavior already?

Identify people in your life who you can count on for support? Are there any people who you expect to be unsupportive?

What resources are available in your environment that will be helpful? What resources are missing?

  • Use past experience to your advantage

What have you learned from previous attempts to change this behavior?

What has worked in the past that you will try again?

What won’t you try again, based on past experience? 

  • Develop a plan of action

Come up with a detailed four week plan to change this behavior. Include both short-term (daily/weekly) and long-term (four week) goals.

Create a schedule showing how you will include the behavior change into your routine.

Identify situations that may interfere with your plan and explain how you will deal with these situations. Be specific about the strategies you will use.

  • Make a behavior change contract for yourself.

Use your textbook as a guide

4. The behavior change process

  • A weekly record (or summary) of the behavior change process.
  • Include your goals, problems (and how you dealt with them), and successes.

5. Assessment of the behavior change experience

  • Were you successful in your behavior change? Why or why not?
  • Do you think you were really prepared to take on this behavior change? What might have improved your readiness? This can include both personal and environmental factors.
  • Did past experience play a role in your success? Explain.
  • Which behavior change strategies were helpful for you? Identify any strategies you wish you has used.
  • Explain how you would continue your plan into the future (next three months). What goals will you set? What barriers can you foresee that might interfere with your behavior change? How will you deal with these barriers?
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