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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of the predictor measures.

From: Applying psychological theories to evidence-based clinical practice: identifying factors predictive of placing preventive fissure sealants

Theoretical framework Constructs N Alpha Mean SD
Theory of Planned
Behaviour (TPB)
Attitude direct 2 0.57 5.64 0.99
  Attitude indirect 7 0.76 29.94 6.62
  Subjective Norm 3 0.70 14.88 7.22
  Intention 3 0.79 4.90 1.24
  PBC direct 5 0.61 4.53 0.96
  PBC power 10 0.80 3.98 0.97
Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) Risk perception 6 0.60 4.84 0.79
  Outcome expectancies 9 0.80 24.93 4.68
  Self efficacy 10 0.82 4.55 0.89
  Generalised self efficacy 10 0.87 3.05 0.38
Implementation Intention (II) Action Planning - - 5.15 1.59
Operant Learning Theory (OLT) Anticipated consequences 3 0.42 4.84 0.89
  Evidence of habitual behaviour 3 0.86 4.37 1.61
  Experienced consequences 4 0.25 0.37 0.86
Common Sense Self regulation
Model (CS-SRM)
Identity of condition 2 0.38 3.64 1.26
  Timeline acute 2 0.46 5.50 1.12
  Timeline cyclical 2 0.42 3.49 1.35
  Control (by treatment) 3 0.46 5.89 0.92
  Control (by patient) 3 0.61 5.60 1.11
  Control (by doctor) 2 0.13 5.47 1.00
  Cause a (past care) 1 - 2.67 1.49
  Cause b (exposure to fluoride) 1 - 4.68 1.71
  Cause c (chance or bad luck) 1 - 2.39 1.48
  Cause d (Diet) 1 - 6.59 0.82
  Cause e (oral hygiene) 1 - 6.28 1.21
  Consequence 2 0.411 4.93 1.22
  Emotional Response 4 0.652 3.58 1.11
  Coherence 2 0.524 5.76 1.01
Stage Model Behavioural Stage*     
Other Knowledge 7 0.00 3.30 1.10
  Behavioural simulation 5 0.68 2.03 1.54
  1. * Stages were distributed as follows: Unmotivated 73 (61%), Motivated (to do more sealants) (13%) Motivated (to do less sealants) 0 (0%); Action (had already something about increasing the number of fissure sealants placed) 31 (26%), Action (had already something about decreasing the number of fissure sealants placed) 1 (1%). Unmotivated 73 (61%) motivated/more sealants (13%) action/more sealants 31 (26%), action/less sealants 1 (1%)
  2. Note: Table 2 reports a description of the constructs as they are used in all the analyses i.e., the final number of items and the final reliabilities, means and SDs.