This study explored behavior change through the lens of transformative learning theory, with a view to arriving at a theoretical understanding of how individuals sustain intended changes in their behavior over a long term. Transformative learning contributes a learning perspective that appears to be lacking in the behavior change literature. The context for the study was behavior change to control body weight. Using a qualitative, phenomenological approach, 10 women who had sustained a change in their behavior to manage their overweight for at least 2 years were interviewed. Seven overarching themes emerged from analysis of the interview data: (1) a catalytic experience that served as a trigger to change behavior; (2) a natural disposition to action; (3) perspective transformation; (4) a confirming event, when the women knew they had sustained the change; (5) ongoing learning; (6) influence of and on others; and (7) unexpected consequences of change. It was clear from the results that the participants experienced perspective transformation---although not strictly as described by the Mezirow (1978) 10-phase framework.Transformative learning contributes a learning perspective that appears to be lacking in the behavior change literature. The context for the study was behavior change to control body weight.
|Title||:||When Does Transformation End? A Phenomenological Study of Sustaining an Intended Change in Behavior Through Perspective Transformation in Overweight Management|
|Author||:||Edmina I. Bradshaw|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|