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Present a basic case in which an individual would wish to change a long-term health-related behavior? For example, a 39-year-old female wishes to stop her two-pack-a-day smoking habit which she has had for 10 years. Using various models and theories of behavioral change, help create strategies for modifying the patient & their behaviors. Explain the process/methods that could be used to accomplish this goal. Predict how long this may take and what challenges may present themselves?

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice in tackling the task of inducing long-term behavior-related change. Models are suggested and a case is discussed. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to present a basic case where a long-term behavior is the target for change. It could be anything of course but I think using the example of Alcohol will do as it's quite familiar. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Long term behavior change - 100 words
2. The case - 150 words
a. summary
b. problem specifics
3. Model application/Strategies - 150 words
4. Challenges - 100 words

This outline should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Long-Term Behavior Change & Self Efficacy

There are behaviors that we have had for the longest time that, if managed, or completely got rid of, will have a positive effect on our health and well-being. There are attitudes of the same issue too. Smoking, comfort eating, addiction, compulsions and attitudes like being irresponsible and uncaring of the impact of these behaviors. Consider for example a person who comfort eats without due care to the impact of overeating and obesity to health and well-being until it is too late and risk factors have piled up to create a body system susceptible to heart attack. According to Holt, Fawcett, Schultz & Loewenstein (2013), "There are two steps to cementing behavior change: the first is to take the action that leads to or represents behavior change; the second is to maintain that action, or the change it brings about, over time...Changes usually fall into one of four categories: One-time changes, Repeated, but finite changes, Permanent lifestyle changes & Situational changes...Each type of change ...

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