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The role of self-determination theory and motivational interviewing in behavioral nutrition, physical activity, and health: an introduction to the IJBNPA special series

Pedro J Teixeira1*, António L Palmeira12 and Maarten Vansteenkiste3

Author Affiliations

1 Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

2 University Lusófona of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal

3 Department of Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012, 9:17  doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-17

Published: 2 March 2012

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On the occasion of the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) in Lisbon (2009), a satellite meeting was organized in Sintra entitled Self-Determination Theory and Motivational Interviewing in Behavioral Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health. The organizers of this small meeting (about 100 people attended) were interested in stimulating a focused discussion around the similarities, differences, and complementary of self-determination theory (SDT; [1]) and Motivational Interviewing (MI; [2]). This gathering was spurred by both a recent growth in applied health behavior research based in SDT [3], and by a continuing interest in exploring the mechanisms by which MI produces results in practice [4].