Interrelated Concepts: The Health Belief Model

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1. The term theory is defined by the text book as: “a set of interrelated concepts, definitions, and propositions that presents a systematic view of events or situations by specifying relations among variables in order to explain and predict the events of the situations”. A theory is an idea that is intended to explain something based on general principles. It is important to use theories when practicing health promotion to come up with solutions to problems. Theories help health educators organize data, facts information, etc. and plan and evaluate programs. Theories help come up with reasons why people are not living a healthy lifestyle, identify information required before developing an intervention, gives insight how to deliver the intervention , and identifies the measurements that are needed to evaluate the impact from the intervention. 2. The Health Belief Model (HBM) was developed by psychologists to help explain why people would or would not use health services. The Health Belief Model addresses the person’s…show more content…
This example is called a cue to action. Although a fear may be placed in the individual’s head most times they do not actually do a self-examination (perceived benefit). The Health Belief Model explains that self-screening takes time and the person does not always remember to do it (perceived barriers). Analyzing the difference between the benefits of self-screening and the barriers to self-screening (reduction of threat) is the next step to decide if self-screening will take place. In order for an individual to be successful in in changing their current behavior they must feel threatened by their current behavior and see the value of changing. If the person doesn’t have a family history of cancer that could be one thing stopping them from doing
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