Stages of Change
The Stages of Change were developed as a result of research that was done at the University of Rhode Island in the early 1980s. We now understand that the change process can be characterized by a series of stages that may take hours or years.
Precontemplation: The person is unaware that there is a problem and has no intention of changing. The problem is externalized, i.e. too much stress, it's the school, it's the job, etc. the person's behavior stays the same.
- Maintenance: The stage in which people work to prevent relapse, gain new skills and to maintain the progress made during the action stage.