Predicting Health Behaviour: Research and Practice with Social Cognition Models

Predicting Health Behaviour: Research and Practice with Social Cognition Models

Predicting Health Behaviour: Research and Practice with Social Cognition Models

Predicting Health Behaviour: Research and Practice with Social Cognition Models

Synopsis

Predicting Health Behaviour (2nd edition) is an updated and expanded review of research with social cognition models and health behaviours. An established text, this new edition will take account of a number of important developments in the field. These include an increasing focus on behaviour change and interest in process models and volitional influences on behaviour.

Excerpt

The study of behaviours that influence health and the factors determining which individuals will and will not perform such behaviours has become a key area of research within health psychology. As the second 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. 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 the understanding of 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 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. Chapters provide the relevant theoretical background, practical examples of how to apply each social cognition model, and details of intervention studies conducted with the model. The chapters focus on a range of different health behaviours and describe the particular problems of using particular social cognition models.

The introductory chapter was prepared by the editors, and examines the concept of health behaviour and briefly reviews epidemiological work on . . .

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