Health motives and health behaviour self-regulation in older adults

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Schüz B, Wurm S, Warner LM, Wolff J, Schwarzer R, Wolff JK
Journal: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 37
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 491-500
ISSN: 1573-3521


Health motives are motivational dispositions towards health. They are implicitly inherent in most health behaviour theories, yet rarely studied. We examined the role of health motives in health behaviour self-regulation (physical activity), particularly in the mediation of intention effects on behaviour via planning in an at-risk population with high need for behaviour change, older adults with multiple illnesses. A longitudinal study with two measurement points over 6 months was conducted, assessing 309 community-dwelling adults with multiple illnesses aged 65 and older. Health motives were assessed by contrasting health ratings with all other domains on the Personal Life Investment Schedule. Data were analysed in a moderated mediation framework using path analyses. Health Motives moderated the degree to which intentions predicted behaviour via planning (intention health motives β =.18, p <.05). Intentions are better translated into planning and behaviour if furnished with health motives. For older adults, this suggests that "health" in health behaviour change motivation merits more investigation, for example by stressing functional implications. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Wolff, Julia Katharina Dr.
Institut für Psychogerontologie
Wurm, Susanne Prof. Dr.
Professur für Psychogerontologie

Research Fields

Health Behaviour and Health-related Intervention Research
Professur für Psychogerontologie

How to cite

Schüz, B., Wurm, S., Warner, L.M., Wolff, J., Schwarzer, R., & Wolff, J.K. (2014). Health motives and health behaviour self-regulation in older adults. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 491-500.

Schüz, Benjamin, et al. "Health motives and health behaviour self-regulation in older adults." Journal of Behavioral Medicine 37.3 (2014): 491-500.


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