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Applying the Behavior Change Technique (BCT) Taxonomy v1: A study of coder training

Wood, CE; Richardson, M; Johnston, M; Abraham, C; Francis, J; Hardeman, W; Michie, S; (2015) Applying the Behavior Change Technique (BCT) Taxonomy v1: A study of coder training. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research , 5 (2) pp. 134-148. 10.1007/s13142-014-0290-z. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Behavior Change Technique Taxonomy v1 (BCTTv1) has been used to detect active ingredients of interventions. Purpose: Evaluate effectiveness of user training in improving reliable, valid and confident application of BCTTv1 to code BCTs in intervention descriptions. Methods: 161 trainees (109 in workshops and 52 in group tutorials) were trained to code frequent BCTs. The following measures were taken before and after training: (i) inter-coder agreement, (ii) trainee agreement with expert consensus, (iii) confidence ratings and, (iv) coding competence. Coding was assessed for 12 BCTs (workshops) and for 17 BCTs (tutorials). Trainees completed a course evaluation. Results: Methods improved agreement with expert consensus (p<.05) but not inter-coder agreement (p=.08, p=.57 respectively) and increased confidence for BCTs assessed (both p<.05). Methods were as effective as one another at improving coding competence (p = .55). Training was evaluated positively. Conclusions: Training improved agreement with expert consensus, confidence for BCTs assessed, coding competence but not inter-coder agreement. This varied according to BCT.

Type: Article
Title: Applying the Behavior Change Technique (BCT) Taxonomy v1: A study of coder training
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13142-014-0290-z
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13142-014-0290-z
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
Keywords: behavior change techniques, taxonomy, training methods
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1449082
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