Theory at a glance: a guide for health promotion practice (Second edition).
This monograph, Theory at a Glance: Application to Health Promotion and Health Behavior (Second Edition), describes influential theories of health-related behaviors, processes of shaping behavior, and the effects of community and environmental factors on behavior. It complements existing resources that offer tools, techniques, and model programs for practice, such as Making Health Communication Programs Work: A Planner's Guide, and the Web portal, Cancer Control PLANET (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools). Theory at a Glance makes health behavior theory accessible and provides tools to solve problems and assess the effectiveness of health promotion programs. (For the purposes of this monograph, health promotion is broadly defined as the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Thus, the focus goes beyond traditional primary and secondary prevention programs.) For nearly a decade, public health and health care practitioners have consulted the original version of Theory at a Glance for guidance on using theories about human behavior to inform program planning, implementation, and evaluation. We have received many testimonials about the First Edition's usefulness, and requests for additional copies. This updated edition includes information from recent health behavior research and suggests theoretical approaches to developing programs for diverse populations. Theory at a Glance can be used as a stand-alone handbook, as part of in-house staff development programs, or in conjunction with theory texts and continuing education workshops. (excerpt)