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Unformatted text preview: ← Theory continued… HLTH230 Feb. 10, 2011 Overview: ⇒ What is theory? • The accumulated history of what we know about why people do or don’t act in such a way as to protect their health • Systematic way of understanding events or situations o Explains why people engage in health behavior o Used to predict health behavior o Used to develop interventions ⇒ Why use Theory? • Health behavior interventions based on theory are more likely to succeed • Theory can inform decision making • The “why, what and how” to handle health problems ⇒ Key Terms • Concepts: o Building blocks of theory/ primary element • Constructs: o When concepts have been developed or adopted for use in a particular theory they are called constructs. (ex: self-efficacy, normative belief) • Variables: o Operational forms of constructs; the way that a construct is measured • Model: o Can draw on a number of theories; like a theory, but not as specific • Conceptual Framework: o Theoretical frameworks, not rigorously tested ⇒...
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