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Title: Implementation intention and planning interventions in Health Psychology: Recommendations from the Synergy Expert Group for research and practice
Author(s): Hagger, Martin S
Luszczynska, Aleksandra
de, Wit John
Benyamini, Yael
Burkert, Silke
Chamberland, Pier-Eric
Chater, Angel
Dombrowski, Stephan U
van, Dongen Anne
French, David P
Gauchet, Aurelie
Hankonen, Nelli
Karekla, Maria
Kinney, Anita Y
Kwasnicka, Dominika
Keywords: implementation intentions
if-then plans
goal striving
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Hagger MS, Luszczynska A, de Wit J, Benyamini Y, Burkert S, Chamberland P, Chater A, Dombrowski SU, van Dongen A, French DP, Gauchet A, Hankonen N, Karekla M, Kinney AY & Kwasnicka D (2016) Implementation intention and planning interventions in Health Psychology: Recommendations from the Synergy Expert Group for research and practice, Psychology and Health, 31 (7), pp. 814-839.
Abstract: The current article details a position statement and recommendations for future research and practice on planning and implementation intentions in health contexts endorsed by the Synergy Expert Group. The group comprised world-leading researchers in health and social psychology and behavioural medicine who convened to discuss priority issues in planning interventions in health contexts and develop a set of recommendations for future research and practice. The expert group adopted a nominal groups approach and voting system to elicit and structure priority issues in planning interventions and implementation intentions research. Forty-two priority issues identified in initial discussions were further condensed to 18 key issues, including definitions of planning and implementation intentions and 17 priority research areas. Each issue was subjected to voting for consensus among group members and formed the basis of the position statement and recommendations. Specifically, the expert group endorsed statements and recommendations in the following areas: generic definition of planning and specific definition of implementation intentions, recommendations for better testing of mechanisms, guidance on testing the effects of moderators of planning interventions, recommendations on the social aspects of planning interventions, identification of the preconditions that moderate effectiveness of planning interventions and recommendations for research on how people use plans.
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Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Psychology and Health on 18 Feb 2016, available online:
Notes: Additional co-authors: Siu Hing Lo, Sofía López-Roig, Carine Meslot, Marta Moreira Marques, Efrat Neter, Anne Marie Plass, Sebastian Potthoff, Laura Rennie, Urte Scholz, Gertraud Stadler, Elske Stolte, Gill ten Hoor, Aukje Verhoeven, Monika Wagner, Gabriele Oettingen, Paschal Sheeran & Peter M. Gollwitzer

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