The role of context and timeframe in moderating relationships within the theory of planned behaviour

Cooke, Richard and French, David P. The role of context and timeframe in moderating relationships within the theory of planned behaviour. Psychology and Health, 26 (9), pp. 1225-1240.

Abstract

This study examined the moderating effect of context and timeframe on the predictive ability of Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) constructs. Three hundred and eighty-three students completed TPB measures either in a campus bar or a library and were randomly allocated to one of three timeframe conditions: tonight, tomorrow or next week. There was a threeway interaction such that the subjective norms of participants in a bar were more predictive of their intentions to binge drink that night, whereas thesubjective norms of participants in a library were less predictive of intentions to binge drink that night. This research provides empirical evidence that ignoring context may result in underestimation of the importance of normative factors in binge drinking. It also suggests that other research utilising the TPB needs to take greater account of the impact of context of data collection, which has been neglected to date.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2011.572260
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Health Sciences
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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Cooke, R & French, DP 2011, 'The role of context and timeframe in moderating relationships within the theory of planned behaviour', Psychology and health, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 1225-1240. Psychology and health is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0887-0446&volume=26&issue=9&spage=1225

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