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What are the stages of behavioral change?

Abby Ellin
Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. James O. Prochaska, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and his colleague, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, codeveloped the Stages of Change model for behavioral change, which arose from their work with smoking-cessation programs. “As we listened to our participants, we became aware that selfchangers were articulating distinct stages of change,” Prochaska says. “These include: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, and action, followed by maintenance or termination.” Prochaska says that recognizing people’s stages is critical to success in getting them to change behaviors, and he acknowledges that behavior change is a
lengthy process.  
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