Differentiating between precursor and control variables when analyzing reasoned action theories

Michael Hennessy, Amy Bleakley, Martin Fishbein, Larry Brown, Ralph DiClemente, Daniel Romer, Robert Valois, Peter A. Vanable, Michael P. Carey, Laura Salazar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Scopus citations

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescent sexual behavior
  • African-americans
  • Integrative model
  • Structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Differentiating between precursor and control variables when analyzing reasoned action theories'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Hennessy, M., Bleakley, A., Fishbein, M., Brown, L., DiClemente, R., Romer, D., Valois, R., Vanable, P. A., Carey, M. P., & Salazar, L. (2010). Differentiating between precursor and control variables when analyzing reasoned action theories. AIDS and Behavior, 14(1), 225-236. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-009-9560-z