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Modelling management of chronic illness in everyday life: A common-sense approach
Psychological Topics
  • Howard Leventhal, Rutgers University
  • L. Alison Phillips, Iowa State University
  • Edith Burns, Medical College of Wisconsin
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The Commonsense Model of Self-Regulation (CSM) has a history of over 50 years as a theoretical framework that explicates the processes by which individuals form cognitive, affective, and behavioral representations of health threats. This article summarizes the major components of individuals' "commonsense models", the underlying assumptions of the CSM as a theory of dynamic behavior change, and the major empirical evidence that have developed these aspects of the CSM since its inception. We also discuss ongoing changes to the theory itself as well as its use in medical practice for optimizing patients' self-management of chronic health threats. The final section focuses on future directions for the theory and its application.

This is an article from Psychological Topics 25 (2016): 1. Posted with permission.

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Howard Leventhal, L. Alison Phillips and Edith Burns. "Modelling management of chronic illness in everyday life: A common-sense approach" Psychological Topics Vol. 25 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 1 - 18
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