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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Health Behavior: From Research to Community Practice
Health behavior: From research to community practice
Introduction

The general public is continually being informed of research findings that indicate harmful or beneficial effects of health behaviors such as smoking, exposure to the sun, and physical activity. There are also numerous published reports of health promotion programs that demonstrate success at fostering positive behavior change in the population. However, the translation of scientifically tested research findings to community-based health promotion programs is often slow, fragmented, and subject to speculation by the practitioner community. Similarly, the ‘lessons learned’ from practitioners who develop and administer health behavior intervention programs for the benefit of their communities are slow to influence subsequent health behavior research. Why is there an apparent gulf between health behavior ...

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