Self-regulation & Exercise: A study on Stages of change & Successful Aging (Selbst-Regulationsprozesse zu einem aktiven Lebensstil: Studie zur Entwicklung von Sportstadien im Alter; SESSA)

– Together with Dr. Jochen P. Ziegelmann – 

Rationale: During rehabilitation, recommendations are given regarding how much physical activity should be performed to maintain and increase health gains during the rehabilitation treatment. Many studies show over time spans of up to 3 years, that individuals have difficulties adhering to these recommendations. However, little is known about long-term behavior maintenance and recovery. Therefore, we followed up the original sample of orthopedic rehabilitation patients 8 years after their rehabilitation.



Lippke, S., Ziegelmann, J. P., & Schwarzer, R. (2004). Behavioral intentions and action plans promote physical exercise: A longitudinal study with orthopedic rehabilitation patients. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 26, 470-483.

Schwarzer, R., Luszczynska, A., Ziegelmann, J. P., Scholz, U., & Lippke, S. (2008). Social-cognitive predictors of physical exercise adherence: Three longitudinal studies in rehabilitation. Health Psychology, 27(1, Suppl.), S54-S63.

Ziegelmann, J. P., & Lippke, S. (2007). Planning and strategy use in health behavior change: A life span view. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 14, 30-39.

Ziegelmann, J. P., & Lippke, S., (2007). Use of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation strategies in health self-regulation: Interplay with resources and successful development. Journal of Aging and Health, 19, 500-518.

Ziegelmann, J. P., Lippke, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2006). Subjective residual life expectancy in health self-regulation. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61, 195-201.