Predicting and Changing Health Behaviour PDF – Research and Practice with Social Cognition Models 3rd Edition

Predicting and Changing Health Behaviour PDF



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Preface

The study of behaviours that influence health, the factors that determine which individuals perform these behaviours, and how to change them is a key area of research within health psychology. As the third edition of this book testifies, there is a considerable and impressive body of research in this area. The purpose of this book is to provide in a single source an overview of current research and practical details of how to apply the most widely used social cognition models to the prediction of the performance of health behaviours and to use them to change such behaviours. Social cognition models start from the assumption that an individual’s behaviour is best understood in terms of his or her perceptions of the social environment. Such an approach has been widely and successfully used by psychologists to help understand a range of human behaviours, and by health psychologists to understand health behaviours in particular.
The chapters in this book bring together detailed reviews and descriptions of the most common social cognition models and their application to understanding and changing health behaviours. It is hoped that this will provide a useful resource to those interested in work in this area, and make the described approaches to understanding and changing health behaviours more accessible and more appropriately applied. Moreover, by bringing together these models, similarities and differences between approaches can be examined and the whole approach critically evaluated.
The introductory chapter examines the concept of health behaviour and briefly reviews epidemiological work on the variation in who performs the different health behaviours. It then outlines the general social cognitive approach taken to understanding and predicting health behaviour. The key features of the social cognition models described in the subsequent chapters are then outlined. Similarities, differences, and the potential for integration among these models are then discussed. Finally, the potential for using social cognition models to change health behaviours are outlined.


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