Compensatory Health Beliefs and Health Behaviour

  • D. de Ridder
  • D. Kaklamanou


Aims: The aim of the symposium is to: (a) bring together researchers that work on Compensatory Health Beliefs (CHBs) to discuss new research and developments within the area; (b) bridge the topic of CHBs with cognate areas of research into self-regulation; (c) discuss the impact of CHBs on health behaviours; and (d) discuss the application of CHB theory within different behavioural contexts (i.e. bicycle helmet use, exercise, and overeating). Rationale: It is now 10 years since the first publication (2004) on CHBs, which presents a good opportunity to discuss the progress of research into CHBs (in terms of theory and application) and to discuss the concept alongside other theories of self-regulation. By doing so, we stand to generate new research directions for research in this field. Summary: The symposium will present research looking at the application of CHB theory to a number of key health behaviours (i.e., bicycle helmet use, exercise and overeating). The presentations will delve into more detail as to how CHBs are influenced by self-efficacy, and the role that CHBs play within health behaviour theory. The role of dispositional and situational CHBs will be discussed, as will the impact of negative affect on over-eating behaviour. Finally, the symposium will also examine the predictive validity of exercise-specific CHBs and their role within health behaviour. Running order: 1. Compensatory Health Behaviour in Bicycle Helmet Use 2. Effects of dispositional and situational compensatory health beliefs on high calorie snack consumption 3. Negative affect as a justification for overeating 4. Southern Fried Jogging: Exercise specific compensatory health beliefs and health behaviour 5. “When I exercise regularly it is easier for me to eat healthily”: The role of transfer and compensatory health cognitions in health behaviour theory