Influencing health behaviour: applying theory to practice

Johnston, L.H., Breckon, J.D. and Hutchison, A.J. (2009) Influencing health behaviour: applying theory to practice. In: Dugdill, L., Crone, D. and Murphy, R. (eds.) Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence-based Approaches to Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 21-42. ISBN 9781405169257

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For more than a decade researchers in exercise psychology have recognised that much of the work in behaviour change lacked a sound conceptual or theoretical basis (e.g. Sonstroem, 1988; Rejeski, 1992). In 2001, Biddle and Mutrie (2001) reported that theoretical foundations had emerged within exercise psychology borrowing from well-known educational, motivational and social psychology theories. By providing insights into how people change, these health behaviour models have suggested more effective methods for achieving behaviour change than a traditional reliance on subjective interventions. Despite the obvious benefits of these models, there are a number of considerations that need to be addressed when applying theory to practice.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Dr Lynne
Authors: Johnston, L.H., Breckon, J.D., and Hutchison, A.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
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