Goal achievement and adaptive goal adjustment in a behavioral intervention for participants with prediabetes

M. Huttunen-Lenz*, S. Hansen, P.S. Vestentoft, T.M. Larsen, M. Westerterp-Plantenga, M. Drummen, T. Adam, I. Macdonald, M. Taylor, E. Simpson, J.A. Martinez, S. Navas-Carretero, T. Handjieva-Darlenska, S.D. Poppitt, M.P. Silvestre, M. Fogelholm, E. Jalo, R. Muirhead, S. Brodie, J. Brand-MillerA. Raben, W. Schlicht

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Participants with prediabetes were supported to achieve and maintain weight loss with a stage-based behavior change group program named PREview behavior Modification Intervention Toolbox (PREMIT). The tendency to engage in a process of goal adjustment was examined in relation to PREMIT attendance. Analyses were based on 1857 participants who had achieved > 8percent weight loss. Tendency to engage in a process of goal adjustment appeared not to be influenced by PREMIT attendance. Instead, results suggested that when unsure about reaching an intervention goal, participants were more likely to engage in a process of goal adjustment, possibly lessening distress due to potentially unachievable goals, either weight loss or maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1359105320925150
Pages (from-to)2743-2755
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number14
Early online date10 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • behavior change
  • disengagement
  • goal adjustment
  • lifestyle
  • prevention
  • self-regulation
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • unattainable goals

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