Health Behavior Intervention Project
Goal: use what you will learn about health behaviors and behavior modification to modify either a) daily step counts b) water intake, c) consumption of added sugars, or d) caffeine intake. You can modify your own behavior or that of someone else. If you do this assignment in yourself, the maximum grade you can earn is a B+. Working with a "client" (a relative, friend, classmate) entails significantly more work. At times it can be frustrating, but ultimately very satisfying. You can earn up to an A on the project if you choose the client option.
The basic procedure for working with a client is described below. If you are working on your own behavior, the steps are essentially the same.
Find someone you know (or a classmate) who will agree to let you try to modify one of their health behaviors. The behavior must be one I have listed above. You will need to meet with your "client" several times in order to; a) conduct an initial interview to discuss the scope of the behavior and end goals, b) teach them how to monitor and record the behavior for one week. This form of behavior tracking is used to get a baseline and to help identify barriers/facilitators to change, c) develop the intervention in a cooperative manner with your client, d) check on your client's progress during the 3-week intervention, and e) meet with your client at the end of the intervention to evaluate its effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses.
You will need to complete and submit two forms for this project. NOTE: You may not share information provided by your "client" with anyone but me. I will similarly keep this information confidential.
Form 1: Behavior Review and Plan Development. This form will identify your client, the target behavior, related biopsychosocial variables, baseline data, and basically everything you need to know and think of to create the intervention plan. Your client must not start the intervention until I have given you feedback on form 1.
Form 2: Results and Reflection Form. This form will provide information on a) any changes made during the intervention, b) empirical data (presented in an excel graph) to assess behavior change over the three-week intervention and compare it to pre-intervention data, and c) reflection on what worked best/worst, the changes you would make in hindsight, and a reflection on what you learned through the process.
This project will take some time - plan accordingly!