Credit Hours: 3
Health-Related Behaviors: Models and Applications
Will use both classic and up-to-date works on models of health-related behavior, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Reasoned Action, Social Learning Theory, and Protection Motivation Theory, discussing development of hte models, similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions for future model development. Students will assess the extent to which the models explain behavior and behavior change empirically, and how useful they may be (or not be) in the development of primary and secondary prevention interventions, including those implemented within clinical practice. Behaviors to be discussed will include HIV-related risk behaviors, licit and illicit substance use, eating practices, exercise, and other heart disease-and cancer-related behaviors.