Allies & Advocates

Transtheoretical Model of Change

Tyler, Jackman-Wheitner, Strader, & Lenox (1997) proposed another model of change with regard to GLBT issues, called the Transtheoretical Model of Change. It is helpful when working with colleagues and students to keep in mind this process of change.

 

Characteristics of Individuals at Each Stage of the
Transtheoretical Model of Change with Regard to GLBT Issues

  Pre Contemplation Contemplation Action Maintenance
Statements It's fine with me if someone is gay. I don't understand the need to talk about GLBT issues. I guess I treat GLBT people differently than I do straight people. I'm going to change the way I've done things in the past. I'm glad I've made changes to become more supportive of GLBT people.
Thoughts People are people. GLBT people have been treated unfairly in the past. GLBT people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. My life is enriched by my relationships and the contributions made by GLBT individuals.
Feelings Confusion about the need to discuss or receive training. Embarrassed and ashamed about past statements or behavior. Excited about new attitudes and experiences. Fear about other's reactions. Pride in personal accomplishment and efforts to be an ally.
Behavior No extended contact or association with GLBT individuals. Has never attended GLBT oriented activities. Seeking out opportunities to expand knowledge or gain new perspectives. Choosing to more closely affiliate with GLBT individuals and deepening relationships. Nurturing relationships with GLBT individuals. Attending ally support groups and other GLBT activities



Source: K. Poynter, Western Michigan University

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