The Stages of Change Model (Adapted from Changing for Good, Prochaska, et. al, 1995)

The Stages of Change Model

(Adapted from Changing for Good, Prochaska, et. al, 1995)

Precontemplation – Resisting Change

Unaware and in denial about issue
Resistant, defensive, angry, avoidant

Contemplation – Change is on the Horizon

Examining how issue affects self and others
Emotional, brittle, uninformed

Preparation – Getting Ready for Change

Examining how to change and what life will look after change
Hopeful, informed

Action – Time to Move

Implementing the plan and taking direct actions
Determined, confident, proactive

Maintenance – Staying There

Integrating the change into long-term behavior
Shifting short-term strategies into new beliefs
Determined, wary, connected to support

Termination – Exiting the Cycle of Change

The change is a part of the self
No desire to go back to old issue

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