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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 dont 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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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2011 for the course HLTH 230 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.
- Spring '08