, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 282-283
Date: 17 May 2014

The Multiple Pathways by Which Trait Self-Control Predicts Health Behavior

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Trait self-control, an individual’s capacity to override impulses, suppress urges, and resist temptations, has been shown to be related to numerous adaptive outcomes [1], including participation in health behaviors [2, 3]. In their recent article, Hankonen et al. [4] demonstrated that trait self-control predicted healthy eating behaviors mediated by social–cognitive variables from the health action process approach. I commend Hankonen et al. for demonstrating these mediation effects; their results corroborate key effects in my recent model on the multiple pathways by which trait self-control relates to behavior [1] (Fig. 1). I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some additional interpretations and possible extensions of Hankonen et al.’s work.Fig. 1

Conceptual model outlining three key pathways by which trait self-control predicts health behavior: a direct effect, an indirect effect mediated by intention, and an interactive effect in which trait self-control moderates the r ...