The Influence of Self-efficacy and Compensatory Health Behavior in Bicycle Helmet Use

Messerli-Buergy, Nadine; Bachmann, Monica Susanne; Pjanic, Irena; Barth, Jürgen; Znoj, Hansjörg (2013). The Influence of Self-efficacy and Compensatory Health Behavior in Bicycle Helmet Use. Journal of Health Behaviour and Public Health, 3(2), pp. 1-5. Academy Journals

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Individuals show compensatory health behavior (e.g. safer cycling without helmet) to compensate for risky behavior. Compensatory health behavior is facilitated by high self-efficacy. A total of 134 cyclists with different helmet wearing frequencies (occasionally (OH) or never helmet (NH)) were asked to fill out a questionnaire on their compensatory health behavior when cycling without a helmet and on their general self-efficacy. An interaction between self-efficacy and use of a helmet on compensatory health behavior was found. OH-users with high self-efficacy showed more compensatory health behavior than OH-users with low self-efficacy. This effect was not present in NH-users. We assume that OH-users engage in compensatory health behavior, whereas NH-users remain unprotected by behavioral adaptation. These persons are vulnerable and may require specific attention in preventive actions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Messerli, Nadine; Pjanic, Irena; Barth, Jürgen and Znoj, Hansjörg

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

2146-9334

Publisher:

Academy Journals

Language:

English

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

23 Jan 2014 11:55

Last Modified:

10 Oct 2018 09:14

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39545

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39545

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