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Health Behavior Change and Treatment AdherenceEvidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare$
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Leslie Martin, Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek, and M. Robin DiMatteo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380408.001.0001

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Understanding Behavior Change: The Theory Behind Informing, Motivating, and Planning for Health

Understanding Behavior Change: The Theory Behind Informing, Motivating, and Planning for Health

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(p.3) 1 Understanding Behavior Change: The Theory Behind Informing, Motivating, and Planning for Health
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Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence
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Leslie R. Martin

Kelly B. Haskard-Zolnierek

M. Robin DiMatteo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380408.003.0001

This chapter reviews theoretical models that have guided thinking and research on health behavior change, providing a historical perspective on major developments in the field. Included in this overview are the Health Belief Model, Theory of Reasoned Action, Theory of Planned Behavior, Transtheoretical Model of Change, Social-Cognitive Models, Precaution-Adoption Process Model, and the Information–Motivation–Strategy Model. The contexts in which these models have been tested, along with their effectiveness as demonstrated by the empirical literature, are described. Examples for practical application are also provided, as are caveats and information about contexts in which these models (or portions thereof) are not well supported.

Keywords:   behavior change, health Belief Model, theory of Reasoned Action, theory of Planned Behavior, transtheoretical Model of Change, precaution-Adoption Process, information–Motivation–Strategy Model

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