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From the Back Cover

The fourth edition of the landmark book, Health Behavior and Health Education, offers an accessible, comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the health behavior theories and practices that are most relevant to health education. This thoroughly revised edition includes the most current information on theory, research, and practice at individual, interpersonal, and community and group levels. The volume includes substantial new content on current and emerging theories of health communication, e-health, culturally diverse communities, health promotion, the impact of stress, the importance of networks and community, social marketing, and evaluation.

Praise for the Fourth Edition of Health Behavior and Health Education

"Once again, the editors and contributors to the fourth edition of Health Behavior and Health Education provide up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of health behavior theories at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels along with meticulous attention to the application of theory for research and practice. This book is an extraordinary resource for students, researchers, practitioners, and policy markers."
—Susan J. Curry, Ph.D., dean, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

"This unique volume, with its astonishing breadth and depth, richly captures the energy and dynamism that is translating insight into intervention, planning into practice, and analysis into action. Both public health students and practitioners will find the book engaging and useful."
—Howard Koh, MD, MPH, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health and associate dean, Public Health Practice, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health

"The newest edition of Health Behavior and Health Education is a terrific volume linking theory to research and practice in the continuum of health behavior change. It reminds us of the need for theory to help us ask the right questions to move forward efficiently. There are few classic texts in the health behavior arena—and this is one of them."
—Michael Stefanek, Ph.D., vice president, Behavioral Research and director, Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society

About the Author

Karen Glanz is professor and director of the Emory Prevention Research Center and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Barbara K. Rimer is dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

K. Viswanath is an associate professor of society, human development, and health in the School of Public Health at Harvard University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 4 edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996147
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Linares on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The chapters in this book are either hit or miss. The book has some excellent well-written and informative chapters that really help you to gain a better perspective of the field and issues surrounding health research. However, the 3rd chapter reads more like a draft in need of several edits. It is rife with psychometric and statistical errors. Furthermore, the author makes gross generalizations about her own research that are not valid nor based on sound research practices. I'm shocked that the book could be full of quality work by leading professionals, yet have a chapter on that is on complete opposite side of the spectrum. The only thing that kept me reading the book is because it is required for a class I am taking. I would fully recommend removing ch.3 for the next edition, if the publishers asked my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben B. on September 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been a student for many years. I am now in grad school and this book has been written in a very complicated, detailed manner. It is not that I cannot read and understand the book, but they have gotten a simple idea and used very difficult English/writing style, and have complicated it to the point that you have to read it a couple of times to even understand what it's saying. I do not recommend this to anyone. Coreil is a better author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Korkow on October 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book in my Alcohol and Drug community prevention class for 3 years. The text does indeed require a professor well versed in prevention to simplify some of the material and make it accessible to students. With that said, while the students very much dislike this book the first weeks of the semester, NONE of these are sold back to the bookstore when the semester ends. All of the primary research in prevention and all of the primary prevention theories are well represented in this text. The reading level is at the graduate level, but the material is presented in the only fashion I can conceive would cover it accurately. Many prevention texts on the market are poorly written in an attempt to "dumb down" the material, folks, it cannot be done! Presented to students properly (I am very clear that I do not expect them to understand the book until each lecture is complete, and I urge them to not read ahead), the text soars. I use this in my cross listed Senior/Graduate class at a 4-year university.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jk on March 22, 2014
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This book is not a hard read but probably the most boring thing I have ever read!

Not worth the money - wish I could get $$ and wasted time back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kmonkulus on September 16, 2011
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For anyone interested in theories of health behavior, this is the place to start. Some of the most commonly used theories are explained here in detail, and there is even an explanation for why the theories that are in there are included. However, sometimes while reading about the theories you wonder why there are so many words, when many fewer would do. Sometimes you might read a paragraph and think that you would have absorbed the information much better if, instead of that paragraph, you had read two sentences and a diagram.
Nonetheless, this is a great book to introduce you to common theories, and a great reference for a junior researcher working on intervention design or literature review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Bhatti on February 15, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This book is good for someone who already knows a lot about the subject and just wants to polish up their knowledge. This book is not for the beginner or student. Its terribly boring and confusing. The chapters have a lot of repetition, like the author is getting commission for just filling up pages with the same material. There is excessive use of difficult words which is just unnecessary. This book should not be used as a text book. But the the graphs and tables are good and to the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ri Marie on October 4, 2014
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A difficult read. Chapters need a summary, and more subheadings. The authors are clearly experts but they have not written it for beginners or intermediate level students, who are looking for useful models for research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mjfx on January 20, 2014
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Great book! It has excellent descriptions and examples of various theories and related topics. I had to purchase this for a class, but have already used it for work and will be keeping it for future use.
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