Transtheoretical individualized multimedia expert systems targeting adolescents' health behaviors

Colleen A. Redding, James O. Prochaska, Unto E. Pallonen, Joseph S. Rossi, Wayne F. Velicer, Susan R. Rossi, Geoffrey W. Greene, Kathryn S. Meier, Kerry E. Evers, Brett A. Plummer, Jason E. Maddock

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The transtheoretical model has advanced research and practice for many health behavior changes among adults, but few applications have been developed and applied among adolescents. This paper will describe an innovative and promising computer-bared technology for standardized assessment and individualized theory-based intervention delivery called expert systems. Two different studies utilizing multimedia expert systems technology for assessing and intervening with adolescents targeting several health behaviors will be described. One study includes high school students and targets smoking cessation or prevention, sun protection, and dietary fat reduction. The other study includes urban adolescent female clients recruited in family planning clinics and targets condom adoption and either smoking cessation or prevention. The advantages and disadvantages of expert systems technology are reviewed. Multimedia expert system technology has the potential to enhance health promotion and adherence by integrating the strongest components from both clinical and public health models of intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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