ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (8): 1186-1192.

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Temporal Self-regulation Theory: A New Perspective on Health Behavior Study

CHENG Cui-Ping;ZHANG Yong-Hong   

  1. School of Culture and Social Development Studies, Center Studies for Psychology and Social Development, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
  • Received:2011-03-03 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-08-15 Published:2011-08-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Yong-Hong

Abstract: Temporal self-regulation theory (TST), based on the intention-behavior link, is a new theoretical framework which emphasizes the combined influence of temporality, behavioral prepotency and self-regulatory capacity on health behavior. According to TST, connectedness beliefs and temporal valuations affect intentions; behavioral prepotency and self-regulatory capacity not only adjust the strength of the intention-behavior link, but also affect human behavior directly. Compared with other health behavior models, the major difference is the inclusion of self-regulation and time factors that affect human behavior. Future research can further specify intervention strategies of health behavior and give behavioral prepotency an appropriate position as well.

Key words: health behavior, temporality, the intention-behavior link, behavioral prepotency, self-regulatory capacity