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Determinants of Health-Related Behaviours: Theoretical and Methodological Issues

Determinants of Health-Related Behaviours: Theoretical and Methodological Issues

Determinants of health-related behaviours: Theoretical and methodological issues


The term health behaviour (or health-related behaviour) is used very broadly in this chapter to mean any behaviour that may affect an individual's physical health or any behaviour that an individual believes may affect their physical health.

This chapter focuses on determinants of health behaviours. More specifically it focuses on what we will refer to as ‘cognitive’ determinants, as specified by theories of health behaviour or ‘social cognition models’ as they are sometimes called. After briefly considering some of the more important distinctions and dimensions of health behaviours and the definition and measurement of target behaviours, we provide an extensive discussion of research designs that are used - or could be ...

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