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Health Belief Model

The Health Belief Model (HBM) is one of the most commonly used theories in the health behavior field. It is used as both an explanatory theory and a change theory. The HBM was first developed in the 1950s to evaluate why people were not using preventive services that were available locally. In the decades since its inception, it has been applied to more modern concerns such as utilization of health screening services, sexual lifestyle risks,...

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Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)

When it comes to boosting health, the bottom line is that if a person is unaware of his or her need to change, nothing you do as a health coach will be effective. (This is why court-appointed rehabilitation programs have much lower success rates than voluntary rehabilitation.) The clients and groups you serve must be aware of a need for a health related change.

The Transtheoretical Model (TTM), otherwise known as the Stages of Change...

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Psychology of Health Behavior

Have you ever wondered why clients continue to smoke, fail to exercise, make unhealthy dietary decisions, or otherwise refuse to engage in practices they know will improve their health? Despite decades of educational campaigns teaching us the importance of smoking cessation, physical activity, a balanced diet, we continue to make poor health related decisions. 

Why? If we know that these behaviors are harmful, why do we continue to engage...

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