Study: Smoking Cessation Apps Lack Proper Motivation

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Study: Smoking Cessation Apps Lack Proper Motivation

February 21, 2014~ Smoking cessation apps may not sufficiently stimulate autonomous motivation’”a critical element for kicking the habit’”finds an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study, which analyzes and evaluates the content of smoking cessation apps available in South Korea, employs a theoretical framework for analysis called the self-determination theory (SDT). According to SDT, gratification of three basic psychological needs’”autonomy, competence, and relatedness’”is essential to the development of intrinsic motivation and the maintenance of behavioral change. In other words, if behaviors are triggered by autonomous motivation rather than controlled motivation, people are more likely to engage voluntarily in behavioral changes.

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