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Title: Effects of eudaimonic framing upon the self-regulation of healthy lifestyle behavior and alleviation of noncommunicable disease
Author: Willmot, Rhiannon
ISNI:       0000 0004 8501 5972
Awarding Body: Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2019
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Behaviourally determined health conditions known as non-communicable diseases are responsible for almost 70% of global mortality, and drastically reduce quality of life. The behavioural profile underlying noncommunicable disease is characterised by impulsivity, whereby immediate rewards (e.g. unhealthy food, alcohol) are prioritised over long-term goals (e.g. reduced risk of obesity and liver disease).The extent to which individuals personally identify with motives for healthy action is a critical determinant of their self-regulatory effort, and automatic responses to environmental cues also influence behavioural outcomes. Novel approaches are required to recalibrate attention away from immediate gratification and toward distal goals to achieve this. The positive health paradigm suggests identifying and living in accordance with important life goals, or eudaimonia, leads to greater investment in one's physical health, and may accentuate healthy environmental cues. However, little empirical research has addressed the role of eudaimonic framing in motivating physically healthy action. Accordingly, this thesis aimed to investigate how principles of positive health can be applied to alleviate the behavioural antecedents of noncommunicable disease. Globally, results suggest the value of eudaimonic constructs in promoting physical health outcomes, and substantiate theory regarding the motivational properties of goal internalisation in successful behaviour change.
Supervisor: Parkinson, John ; Goodman, Andrew Sponsor: European Social Fund ; Sarvari Research Trust ; Burpee Europe Ltd
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Positive Psychology ; Health Behavior ; Positive Health ; Self Regulation ; Impulsivity ; Daily Journaling ; Construal Level Theory ; Episodic Future Thinking ; Public Health ; Noncommunicable Disease