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Differentiating between precursor and control variables when analyzing reasoned action theories.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19370408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper highlights the distinction between precursor and control variables in the context of reasoned action theory. Here the theory is combined with structural equation modeling to demonstrate how age and past sexual behavior should be situated in a reasoned action analysis. A two wave longitudinal survey sample of African-American adolescents is analyzed where the target behavior is having vaginal sex. Results differ when age and past behavior are used as control variables and when they are correctly used as precursors. Because control variables do not appear in any form of reasoned action theory, this approach to including background variables is not correct when analyzing data sets based on the theoretical axioms of the Theory of Reasoned Action, the Theory of Planned Behavior, or the Integrative Model.
Michael Hennessy; Amy Bleakley; Martin Fishbein; Larry Brown; Ralph Diclemente; Daniel Romer; Robert Valois; Peter A Vanable; Michael P Carey; Laura Salazar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2009-04-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS and behavior     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1573-3254     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-01     Completed Date:  2010-03-10     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712133     Medline TA:  AIDS Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Public Policy Center, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA,
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior
African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Attitude to Health
Georgia / epidemiology
HIV Infections / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Models, Psychological
New York / epidemiology
Preventive Health Services / utilization*
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Systems Theory*
Grant Support
U01 MH066809/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; U01 MH066809-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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