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Evaluation of three interventions to promote workplace health and safety: evidence for the utility of implementation intentions

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  • Sheeran, Paschal
  • Silverman, Michael

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This article evaluates a motivational intervention based on the theory of planned behavior, a volitional intervention based on implementation intentions, and a combined motivational plus volitional intervention in promoting attendance at workplace health and safety training courses in the UK. Intervention manipulations were embedded in postal questionnaires completed by participants (N=271). Subsequent attendance over a 3-month period was determined from course records. Findings showed that the volitional and combined interventions doubled the rate of attendance compared to the motivational and control conditions (rates were 39%, 32%, 12%, and 16%, respectively). The effects of the volitional intervention were independent of the effects of previous attendance, demographic variables, employment characteristics, and variables from the theory of planned behavior.

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  • Sheeran, Paschal & Silverman, Michael, 2003. "Evaluation of three interventions to promote workplace health and safety: evidence for the utility of implementation intentions," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 56(10), pages 2153-2163, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:56:y:2003:i:10:p:2153-2163
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