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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jesus Ramirez-Valles, MPH, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a second, revised edition of a book on health-related behavioral change.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe and synthesize theoretical models, research, and clinical practice on individual health-related behavioral changes, with an emphasis on lifestyle and adherence.
Audience: It is directed at behavioral scientists, health behavior researchers, graduate students, and clinical practitioners in health settings. The editors and contributors are among the best researchers and practitioners in the field, which makes this a valuable resource.
Features: This handbook attempts to describe and assess the state of the field as well as link theory, research, and practice. The models that have guided the field such as the Health Belief Model and Social Cognitive Theory, interventions aimed at promoting behavioral change, methodological issues, and clinical practice including ethical implications are all discussed.
Assessment: Although this handbook fails to address the role of groups, social networks, social context, ethnicity, and gender in health behavior change, it continues to be a good contribution to the field of individual health behavior change.