Year: 1991 Source: American Psychologist, v.46, no.9, (1991), p.931-946 SIEC No: 20021414

This article proposes a theory of personal action designed to foster a social-contextual analysis of personal change. Self-regulation theory, social action theory, problem-solving skills, & the importance of social support are presented as premises for this model. The author asserts that public health interventions can enhance action capabilities by altering inaccurate schemas & providing useful knowledge & skills. Implications of this model on such behaviors as smoking, drinking & adhering to exercise regimens are included. (185 refs) (SC)