I’m trying to learn for my Health & Medical class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
Read “Theory, Evidence and Intervention Mapping to Improve Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions” by Burg, et al., 2005. Discuss the following points (400-500 words)
- In this position paper the authors debate the proper use of behavioral theory in health promotion interventions. In their paper they cite 2 dictionary definitions for the word, “theory.” Which of the 2 is best suited to the position they are taking and why?
- In their discussion the authors point out that, while many behavioral theories are good at explaining current health behavior, they have limited success in predicting changes or improvements in that behavior. Why?
- In at least 3 places in their paper, the authors state that the use of Intervention Mapping as a health promotion intervention framework can mitigate some of the limitations of behavioral theory in bringing about health behavior change. Is this a realistic expectation? Why or why not?