The Moderated Influence of Perceived Behavioral Control on Intentions Among the General U.S. Population: Implications for Public Communication Campaigns

Lourdes S. Martinez, Nehama Lewis

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Abstract

This study reports results from a large population-based survey of U.S. adults showing perceived behavioral control (PBC) moderations of associations between (a) attitude and intention and (b) perceived norms and intention to engage in 6 health behaviors. Results are based on data collected from a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults ages 40–70 (N = 2,489) and extend understanding of how behavioral theory can be used to guide the design and evaluation of health communication campaigns. Ordinary least squares regression analyses show evidence of a significant positive PBC moderation of (a) attitude and intention and (b) perceived norms and intention such that attitude or perceived norms toward the behavior is more strongly associated with behavioral intention among participants reporting higher levels of PBC. Implications for message design and the evaluation of communication campaigns are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1015
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge the funding support of the National Cancer Institute?s Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication located at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (P50-CA095856-05).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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