A comparison of autonomous regulation and negative self-evaluative emotions as predictors of smoking behavior change among college students

Hyoung S. Lee, Delwyn Catley, Kari Jo Harris

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Abstract

This study compared autonomous self-regulation and negative self-evaluative emotions as predictors of smoking behavior change in college student smokers (N = 303) in a smoking cessation intervention study. Although the two constructs were moderately correlated, latent growth curve modeling revealed that only autonomous regulation, but not negative self-evaluative emotions, was negatively related to the number of days smoked. Results suggest that the two variables tap different aspects of motivation to change smoking behaviors, and that autonomous regulation predicts smoking behavior change better than negative self-evaluative emotions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-609
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • autonomous self-regulation
  • college student
  • negative self-evaluative emotions
  • self-determination theory
  • smoking

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