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Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice [Hardcover]

Karen Glanz , Barbara K. Rimer , K. Viswanath
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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September 2, 2008 0787996149 978-0787996147 4

Resources for teaching and learning are posted at tinyurl.com/Glanz4e and www.med.upenn.edu/hbhe4.

This fourth edition of the classic book, Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice provides a comprehensive, highly accessible, and in-depth analysis of health behavior theories that are most relevant to health education. This essential resource includes the most current information on theory, research, and practice at individual, interpersonal, and community and group levels. This edition 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.


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Editorial Reviews

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: 9.3 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chapters are a hit or miss 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but a bit wordy 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. October 29, 2010
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Excellent book. All theories and constructs in Health Behaviour, beliefs and education are discussed with a complet approach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Doctorate program June 29, 2014
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I chose 4 start for the ease of read although the print is a little small
the book non the less is good for my class
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only buy if you have to.. May 9, 2014
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The book is very dense and could put you to sleep (in terms of reading). However, this book has some great concepts and theories to know if you are entering the field of Health Education.
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1.0 out of 5 stars required for a class 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 17, 2014
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The book was so clean ..almost new.I got it on time and everything went well .It was a good experience for me..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 18, 2014
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A classic book for medical educator. Easy to understand several social theories for life style modification and health promotion projects.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE COPY OF THE BOOK
Although I enjoy the ability to rent a textbook with the option to buy, I received a copy of the book that had SEVERAL marks, highlighting, writing, underlining, and notations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vivian Ogbonnaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mjfx
4.0 out of 5 stars A challenging book!
But that may be because of its subject matter. But it is still a good explanation of the theories and models used in Public Health.
Published 6 months ago by BC Wedi Eri
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Service
Book was received very timely, however, the binding has come loose. Otherwise, it's fine.
Book just has to be babied until I get out of this class.
Published 8 months ago by LEFLOF
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book ever written
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ben B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was a little worried that the book would make it here early enough for me to use it for class, but it did. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Woods
3.0 out of 5 stars It is required book
It is required book to my course in graduate study.
It contains many theories. It is used for restricted specialty. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Unlucky Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
The chapters were concisely written and has well laid out examples of how theory application could be implemented when looking a a specific health behavior
Published 12 months ago by karen Burns
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