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ERIC Number: EJ943677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Health Behavior Theory and Cumulative Knowledge regarding Health Behaviors: Are We Moving in the Right Direction?
Noar, Seth M.; Zimmerman, Rick S.
Health Education Research, v20 n3 p275-290 Jun 2005
Although research on Health Behavior Theory (HBT) is being conducted at a rapid pace, the extent to which the field is truly moving forward in understanding health behavior has been questioned. This issue is examined in the current article. First, we discuss the problems within the HBT literature. Second, we discuss the proliferation of HBT and why theory comparison is essential to this area of research. Finally, we reflect on ways that the field might move forward by suggesting a new agenda for HBT research. It is argued that increased recognition of the similarity of health behavior constructs as well as increased empirical comparisons of theories are essential for true scientific progress in this line of inquiry. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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