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_____________________[PRO] why some people do and some people do not act on their intentions?

Can we explain why some people do and some people do not act on their intentions?

By Fishbein M, Hennessy M, Yzer M, Douglas J
Psychology, Health & Medicine , Volume 8, Number 1/February 2003 , pp. 3 - 18

Abstract:

Behavioural theorists have identified attitudes, perceived norms and self-efficacy as the important determinants of people's intentions to engage in a given behaviour. Because intentions predict behaviour, these same variables also account for a considerable amount of the variation in behaviour.

Nevertheless, there is often a substantial proportion of the population who do not act on their intentions. While a recently proposed integrative theory of behaviour suggests that these 'failures' are due either to a lack of skills and/or to the presence of environmental constraints, it has also been argued that the determinants of intention may have a direct, as well as in indirect, effect on behaviour.

This paper uses data from a longitudinal study (Project RESPECT) to explore the extent to which attitudes, perceived norms and self-efficacy explain why some people do and others do not act on their intentions to engage in a health protective behaviour.

Although the data provide further evidence that these three variables account for a significant proportion of the variance in intentions (and behaviour), they perform poorly when predicting behaviour for persons with pre-existing high intentions. It may be reasonable to ask whether a 'new' theory is needed to explain why some people do, and some people do not, act on their intentions.

я считаю, что статьи с такими заголовками печатать безответственно и безнравственно. потому что так хочется узнать эту главную загадку жизни - почему одним всё, а другим ничего? а что нам предлагают эти авторы?

чуть позже я обнаружил, что проект "риспект" был, грубо говоря, опять про презервативы... что, понятно, переводит весь философский пафос заголовка в совершенно другую плоскость...


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