Self-Regulation Theory in Behavioral Medicine

An Introduction
  • Wolfgang Linden
Part of the The Plenum Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology book series (SSBP)


This chapter has five objectives:
  1. 1.

    To discuss briefly the scientific and historical trends that have led to the rise of behavioral medicine.

  2. 2.

    To outline the role that theory (in particular, self-regulation theory; Schwartz, 1977, 1979, 1983) plays in its development.

  3. 3.

    To discuss the potential and the limitations of self-regulation theory.

  4. 4.

    To use the modified health belief model (Feuerstein & Linden, 1984) to illustrate the complex interactions of social, behavioral, and biological self-regulatory mechanisms that account for many forms of medical illness.

  5. 5.

    To delineate from this discussion the objective of the present book, that is, to provide an in-depth analysis of how closely current treatment rationales reflect and integrate available knowledge of underlying biological self-regulatory mechanisms which may effectively function as barriers to short-term treatment success and/or to the maintenance of initially positive outcome.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Linden
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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