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Table 2 The definitions of the behaviour change techniques used in MyPlan 2.0

From: Which behaviour change techniques are effective to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in adults: a factorial randomized trial of an e- and m-health intervention

Behaviour change technique (label as described in MyPlan 2.0) Behaviour change technique (label according to the reference a, b or c) Definition
Goal setting Goal setting (behaviour) a The person is encouraged to make a behavioural resolution (e.g. take more exercise next week). This is directed towards encouraging people to decide to change or maintain change.
Providing information on consequences of behaviour Provide information on consequences of behavioura Information about the relationship between the behaviour and its possible or likely consequences in the general case, usually based on epidemiological data, and not personalised for the individual.
Providing feedback on performance Provide feedback on performancea This involves providing the participant with data about their own recorded behaviour or commenting on a person’s behavioural performance (e.g. identifying a discrepancy with between behavioural performance and a set goal) or a discrepancy between one’s own performance in relation to others’.
Social support Plan social support/social changea Involves prompting the person to plan how to elicit social support from other people to help him/her achieve their target behaviour/outcome.
Action planning Action planningb Action planning specifies in detail how and under what situational circumstances an intended action is to be implemented. An action plan usually consists of concrete ideas about “when,” “where,” and “how” to act for the purpose of the goal intention.
Coping planning Coping planningc Coping planning can help a person to overcome obstacles and to cope with difficulties by anticipating personal risk situations (i.e. situations that endanger the performance of intended behaviour) and planning coping responses in detail.
Self-monitoring Prompt self-monitoring of behavioura The person is asked to keep a record of specified behaviour(s) as a method for changing behaviour.
Reviewing behaviour goals Prompt review of behavioural goalsa Involves a review or analysis of the extent to which previously set behavioural goals (e.g. take more exercise next week) were achieved. In most cases, this will follow previous goal setting and an attempt to act on those goals, followed by a revision or readjustment of goals, and/or means to attain them.
  1. Definitions of the BCTs according to Michie et al. 2011a [20], Schwarzer et al. 2003b [47], Sniehotta et al. 2005c [48].