Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research / Edition 2

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Adolescents (a high-risk health group) are growing as a percentage of the populations. This text offers an action-oriented epidemiologic approach to understanding the risk factors affecting adolescent health, and what can be done in response. Drawing on the leading experts in the field, this reference provides a survey and assessment of adolescent health risk behaviors, such as smoking, violence, teen pregnancy, and AIDS. Also described are trends and changes in risk behaviors over time; important theoretical models for developing interventions; prevention strategies for each risk behavior; and effective treatment modalities.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michele A Kelley, ScD, MSW, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health)
Description: This update of a 2002 book provides a comprehensive review of the scientific basis of health promotion to foster healthier behaviors and lives. The book is logically organized according to level of analysis, e.g., individual, community, and ecological levels of intervention.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide up-to-date information on innovations in the science of health promotion practice and research and practical examples of application. The fields of public health and health promotion are challenged to apply scientific principles and evidence-informed approaches to foster healthier lives, yet a wide gap remains between research and practice. This well-organized book offers current and practical information across a variety of applications and problems in health promotion and public health practice. Future directions for research and gaps in knowledge are discussed.
Audience: The book is aimed at practitioner-scientists in public health and health promotion. Graduate students in public health-related disciplines as well as advanced practitioners and experienced researchers can potentially benefit from the thorough review of key emerging theories and practical examples of application throughout the text. The editors are well-known experts in health promotion practice and research and they have done an excellent job of selecting exemplary scholars for writing specific topical chapters.
Features: Specific chapters under the broader section headings of individual, community, and ecological relate to current theories of great interest to the field, such as self-esteem enhancement theory (individual) and community coalition action theory (community level). Early on, an introduction to theory grounds less experienced readers in the role of theory in health promotion research and practice, and a concluding chapter outlines challenges to the field in applying theory in intervention contexts. While the book is very thorough and references and examples of application are current, a potential shortcoming is insufficient attention to the complexities and ripple effects of implementation in real world settings. This is not a specific limitation of this excellent book, however, as the entire field is in need of implementation theories and application of systems theory to practice and research. Such theory, for example, would view interventions as cultural products and address how individual-based theories have unintended and largely unmeasured ecological consequences. Thus, the boundaries between any level of application and analysis (individual, community, and ecological) are largely fluid and unaccounted for.
Assessment: This book successfully addresses a need in the field to advance understanding of new directions for research and how emerging science can enhance practice. Many topics and approaches to health promotion covered in this book are not covered in other well-regarded books, such as Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4th edition, Glanz et al. (Jossey Bass, 2008). In fact, the Glanz book could be considered a companion text if one looks at purchasing patterns from online vendors. This edition of Emerging Theories adds new information and includes revisions that reflect the most recent and innovative thinking and research findings.
From the Publisher
“This book successfully addresses a need in the field to advance understanding of new directions for research and how emerging science can enhance practice. Many topics and approaches to health promotion covered in this book are not covered in other well-regarded books  This edition of Emerging Theories adds new information and includes revisions that reflect the most recent and innovative thinking and research findings.” – Doody’s Publishing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470179130
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD, is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology and associate director, Emory Center for AIDS Research.

Richard A. Crosby, PhD, is DDI Endowed Professor and chair, Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

Michelle C. Kegler, DrPH, MPH, is associate professor and deputy director, Emory Prevention Research Center, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures.



The Editors.

The Contributors.


1 Theory in health Promotion Practice and Research (Richard A. Crosby, Michelle C. Kegler, Ralph J. DiClemente).

Part 1 Individual-level Approaches.

2 The Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model of HIV Preventive Behavior (Jeffrey D. Fisher, William A. Fisher, Paul A. Shuper).

3 Social Influences: The Effects of Socialization, Selection, and Social Normative Processes on Health Behavior (Bruce G. Simons-Morton, Denise Haynie, Elizabeth Noelcke).

4 Self-esteem Enhancement Theory: Promoting Health across the Life-Span (David L. DuBois, Brian R. Flay, Michael C. Fagen).

5 Conservation of Resources Theory: Application to Public Health Promotion (Stevan E. Hobfoll, Jeremiah A. Schumm).

6 Self-Determination Theory: Process Models for Health Behavior Change (Michelle S. Fortier, Geoffrey C. Williams Shane N. Sweet, Heather Patrick).

7 The Elaboration Likelihood Model of Persuasion: Developing Health Promotions for Sustained Behavioral Change (Richard E. Petty, Jamie Barden, S. Christian Wheeler).

8 An Integrative Model for Behavioral Prediction and its Application to Health Promotion (Martin Fishbein).

Part 2 Community-Based Approaches.

9 The Community Coalition Action Theory (Frances D. Butterfoss and Michelle C. Kegler).

10 Community Capacity: Theory and Application (Monica L. Wendel, James N. Burdine, Kenneth R. McLeroy, Angela Alaniz, Barbara L. Norton, Michael R.J. Felix).

11 Natural Helper Models to Enhance a Community's Health and Competence (Eugenia Eng, Scott D. Rhodes, Edith Parker).

12 Community-Based Prevention Marketing: A Hybrid Framework for Public Health Professionals (Carol A. Bryant, Kelli R. McCormack Brown, Rita D. Debate, Moya L. Alfonso,  Julie A. Baldwin, Paul Monaghan, Leah M. Phillips).

Part 3 Ecological Approaches.

13 Changing Our Unhealthy Ways: Emerging Perspectives from Social Action Theory (Craig K. Ewart).

14 The Theory of Gender and Power: Constructs, Variables, and Implications for Developing HIV Interventions for Women (Gina M. Wingood, Christian Camp, Kristin Dunkle, Hannah Cooper, Ralph J. DiClemente).

15 The Logical and Empirical Basis for the Behavioral Ecological Model (Mel Hovell, Dennis Wahlgren, Marc Adams).

16 The Theory of Triadic Influence (Brian R. Flay, Frank Snyder, John Petraitis).

17 The Interactive Domain Model Approach to Best Practices in Health Promotion (Barbara Kahan, David Groulx, Josephine Pui-Hing Wong).

18 COMBI – Communication-for-Behavioral-Impact: A WHO Approach to Social Mobilization in the Promotion of Health (Everold Hosein, Will Parks, Renata Schiavo).

19 Issues and Challenges in Applying Theory to Health Promotion Practice and Research (Ralph J. DiClemente, Michelle C. Kegler, Richard A. Crosby).



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