Wellness motivation in cardiac rehabilitation: The role of self-knowledge in cardiovascular risk modification

Julie Fleury, Constantine Sedikides

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Abstract

Understanding the factors that motivate behavioral change is central to health promotion efforts. We used qualitative descriptive methods in an effort to understand the role of self-knowledge in the process of risk factor modification. The sample consisted of 17 men and 7 women with diagnosed coronary heart disease, who were attempting to initiate and sustain programs of cardiovascular risk modification. Participants described selfknowledge in terms of three contextually situated patterns: representational, evaluative, and behavioral action. Results reinforce the motivational role of the self and highlight the importance of understanding dimensions of selfknowledge relevant to cardiovascular risk rpduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-384
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

Keywords

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Self-knowledge
  • Wellness motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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