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The Effects of Visualization Feedback on Promoting Health Goal Progress in Older Adults

The Effects of Visualization Feedback on Promoting Health Goal Progress in Older Adults

by Tuan Pham, Shannon Mejía, Ronald Metoyer, and Karen Hooker


Abstract: Working towards and maintaining goals is closely tied to healthy aging, but aging researchers know little about how older adults work towards their meaningful goals on a daily basis. We conducted an internet-based microlongitudinal study (100 days, n=105) to examine factors that may affect older adults’ abilities to self-regulate health goals over time with a focus on the role of visualization feedback on promoting their progress. Our findings suggest that (1) older adults found visualization feedback helpful in maintaining an awareness of their health goal progress, and (2) visualization feedback weakens the positive relationship between the previous day’s progress and today’s progress, helping older adults bounce back from a poor progress day.

The Scaling Question

In 1965 the psychologist Hadley Cantril wrote an article in which he described an intervention which he called The Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. This intervention can be seen as a forerunner of the what is now one of the most popular techniques of coaches: the scaling question. The scaling question became very popular with therapists and coaches through the work of Insoo Kim Berg, Steve de Shazer and their colleagues of the Brief Family Therapy Center, the originators of solution-focused brief therapy. They added important new elements to the scaling question. During the last decade the intervention has been refined further and its applications have become broader. Today, scaling questions are among the most flexible and versatile techniques for coaches.


A standard and complete application of scaling questions contains the following steps: Click here to read more »

Visualizing progress

Visualizing progress can have a powerful motivating effect. Here are some suggestions about how it may be used.


Main message: expect fluctuation and watch the trendline

Progress hardly ever happens in a straight line. The picture on the right shows a real life example of an improvement process. The red line shows the actual values found (for instance the sales at a certain point in time). As you see, the levels constantly fluctuate. The blue line is the trend line which shows that over time there is a slow but steady improvement. The arrows show the following: Arrow 1: fast first results, quick progress. Arrow 2: rather heavy fall back. Arrow 3: quick improvement again. Arrow 4: serious fall back again after which improvement picks up again. It would be very easy to get discouraged when focusing too much on the fluctuations, at point 2 and 4 for instance. Two things are important to remember: 1) It is normal for progress to show this kind of fluctuation, and 2) The trend line is an important line to watch. This line shows you that there is actual growth overall. The trend line is a very motivating line to watch. Click here to read more »

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