The transtheoretical model: an approach to behavioral change

J Dent Hyg. 2002 Fall;76(4):286-95.


Facilitating change in the behavior of clients to encourage effective and consistent oral self-care behaviors has been a main focus in the delivery of dental hygiene care. The Transtheoretical Model proposes that individuals progress through a series of stages when intentionally changing a behavior. Individuals utilize stage specific processes of change. The level of decisional balance and self-efficacy of an individual impact progression through the stages. This paper reviews the development of the Transtheoretical Model, presents a description of the model, and provides suggested applications for dental hygiene practice.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Decision Making
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Oral Hygiene / psychology*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self Efficacy