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Title: A qualitative comparison of the theory of planned behaviour and cognitive behaviour therapy in understanding adherence to asthma treatment
Author: Bratby, William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 3871
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2008
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The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) is a health psychology model with some utility in predicting behaviour. However, it is not directly linked with effective behaviour change interventions, which has caused conceptual confusion with some attempting to merge the TPB with other theories. Hobbis and Sutton (2005a) suggest that it may be possible to legitimately merge the TPB with the clinical psychology Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework. The present study attempts to compare CBT and the TPB in the context of adherence to asthma medication to discover whether one is more useful than the other, or if they could perhaps be integrated in some way. Ten asthma sufferers were purposively recruited to achieve a maximum variation sample, and individual interviews relationg to adherence to medication for asthma were conducted. These were then qualitatively analysed asing template analysis. Findings indicated that each model had advantages over the other. but that they are potentially compatible. Four main themes which were derived were Emotional Element; Cognitive Element; Related Behaviours and Previous Experiences; and Social Context. A second research question evaluated the use of a template analysis design for use in theoretical comparison. It was suggested that the design was useful, but that mixed methods might be still more illuminating.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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