Expanding the conceptual range of health self-regulation research: A commentary

Paul Karoly

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In contrast to models that endeavor to link human motives to important adjustive outcomes in a largely idealized, lock-step fashion, the theory and research presented in this special issue afford the reader an opportunity to consider the advantages of various "deep structural" conceptions of health self-regulation. I discuss how the present elaborated volitional models can help potentially overcome the "problem of psycho-semanticism", i.e., the faulty doctrine that mental contents or prepositional attitudes cause behavior simply be virtue of what they represent. I also suggest several routes by which self-regulated health-promotion efforts can become derailed, including the inherent fuzziness of many health goals, conflict within the individual's system of goals, and conflicts between the goals of the would-be self-regulator and those of significant others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-746
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Goal structures
  • Health promotion
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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