ACHC researcher participates in Handbook of Behavior Change

Published on September 21, 2020 – Behavioral change is very important to becoming and staying healthy. In a recently published book, experts from around the world have therefore written an overview of the most important theories and most effective intervention strategies to understand and influence healthy behavior. Gert-Jan de Bruijn, together with colleagues from Canada, wrote a chapter about implementation intentions.

The handbook, recently published by Cambridge University Press, is a comprehensive reference work covering nearly 50 chapters and over 700 pages of the most recent and important literature on behavioral change. For example, attention is paid not only to automatic processes and environmental influences, but also to the role of stakeholders in the implementation of interventions and the cost-effectiveness of interventions. Furthermore, extensive attention is also given to the practical application of behavioral theories. Within this domain, Gert-Jan de Bruijn, together with Ryan Rhodes and Stina Grant, has written a chapter on how behavioral change can be achieved in a simple way by making use of implementation intentions: these are so-called ‘if-then’ interventions, whereby people are enabled to adapt their behavioral change to the environment in which they find themselves.

An overview of the book’s content can be found here:

Hagger MS, Cameron L, Hamilton K, Hankonen N, Lintunen T. The Handbook of Behavior Change (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2020