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SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL  THEORY AND ITS ROOTS Essentials of Health Behavior  Mark Edberg, Ph.D.
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Theory…theory…what to think of  theory?
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WHY LEARN THEORY? In order to have an impact on health behavior, it is necessary to understand it. In the current research and program environment, it is increasingly important to demonstrate systematic connections between: an assessment of a health problem (how you define the problem, including applicable theory); what you say you are going to do about it (program components); and how you know whether or not your program had an impact (evaluation). Because theory is a tool for explaining behavior , it is a key part of making such connections.
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ROOTS OF CURRENT HEALTH  BEHAVIOR THEORY Theories about something are explanatory statements or models. The term theory as it is commonly used derives its meaning from a context of Western philosophy and science. There are many other explanatory traditions as well. Primary fields from which most current health behavior theory come – psychology and social psychology. And…Important contributions from ecology, sociology, anthropology, organizational and community theory, communications theory, and others.
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BASIC ASSUMPTIONS IN THE   WESTERN TRADITION OF THEORY Order and regularity that the universe is ordered and
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