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Mod2_why+use+theories - Why use theories? (cont) Key to...

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Module 2 Health Behavior Theory: Why Use Theories? J. Don Chaney, Ph.D., CHES Assistant Dean for Distance Education and Outreach Assistant Professor of Health Education and Behavior
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Theory Defined A theory is a set of interrelated concepts,  definitions, and propositions that present a  systematic view of events or situations by  specifying relations among variables in order  to explain and predict the events or situation
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Purpose of a Theory Untangle and simplify for human  comprehension the complexities of nature A general explanation of why people act or do  not act to maintain and/or promote the health  of themselves, their families, organizations,  and communities 
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Why use theories? Successful programs are based on the  understanding of targeted health behaviors  and their environmental context John Dewey – “You can’t understand a  person unless you understand their social  context”
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Unformatted text preview: Why use theories? (cont) Key to effective planning processes Helps us answer 3 questions: 1) Why are people doing what they do/not doing? 2) What is our target? 3) How are we going to do this in an effective manner? Why use theories? (cont) Helps us understand the nature of the targeted behavior Dynamics of the behavior Processes of change Effects of external influences Can help us identify the most suitable targets for change Why use theories? (cont) Facilitates evaluation Ineffective evaluation is the single biggest problem in health promotion Helps other replicate successful programs Health Promotion Theories No single theory dominates health education/health promotion Appropriate choice of theory base depends on: Nature of the Problem Setting Target Audience (Demographics) Program Goals...
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