Health Behavior

Emerging Research Perspectives

  • David S. Gochman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Conceptions of Health Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David S. Gochman
      Pages 3-17
  3. Determinants of Health Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-26
    2. Personal Determinants Cognitive Determinants

    3. Personal Determinants Personal Characteristics and Life-Style

      1. John G. Bruhn
        Pages 71-86
      2. Patricia J. Bush, Ronald J. Iannotti
        Pages 87-102
    4. Family Determinants

      1. James F. Sallis, Philip R. Nader
        Pages 107-124
    5. Social Determinants Social Structure and Networks

    6. Social Determinants Social Roles

      1. Arnold Arluke
        Pages 169-180
      2. Fredric D. Wolinsky
        Pages 181-192
      3. Ingrid Waldron
        Pages 193-208
    7. Institutional Determinants

      1. James R. Greenley, Robert E. Davidson
        Pages 215-229
      2. Bruce A. Whitehead, Alice E. Fusillo, Stephen Kaplan
        Pages 231-241
    8. Cultural Determinants

      1. Alexander Segall
        Pages 249-260
      2. Hazel H. Weidman
        Pages 261-280
  4. Health Behavior and the Care Delivery System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-291
    2. Perceptions and Interactions

    3. Power, Compliance, and Control

      1. Marie R. Haug
        Pages 325-336
      2. Henry P. Cole, Philip K. Berger, Thomas F. Garrity
        Pages 337-353
  5. Health Behavior: Its Relevance and Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-362
    2. Alice J. Baumgart, Edith A. Costello
      Pages 363-379
    3. Lloyd J. Kolbe
      Pages 381-396
    4. Eugene B. Gallagher
      Pages 397-407
    5. David S. Gochman
      Pages 409-424
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 425-440

About this book


HEALTH BEHAVIOR AS BASIC RESEARCH Health behavior is not a traditional discipline, but a newly emerging interdisciplinary field. It is still in the process of establishing its identity. Few institutional or organizational structures, i. e. , departments and programs, reflect it, and few books and journals are directed at it. The primary objective of this book is thus to identify and establish health behavior as an important area of basic research, worthy of being studied in its own right. As a basic research area, health behavior transcends commitment to a particular behavior, a specific illness or health problem, or a single set of determinants. One way of achieving this objective is to look at health behavior as an outcome of a range of personal and social determinants, rather than as a set of risk factors or as targets for intervention strategies directed at behavioral change. The book is thus organized pri­ marily in terms of the size of the determinants of concern, rather than in terms of specific health behaviors, or specific health problems or conditions. With the first part of the book establishing working defmitions of health behavior and health behavior research as basic frameworks, the second part moves from smaller to larger systems, informing the reader about basic research that demonstrates how health behavior is determined by personal, family, social, institutional, and cultural factors. These distinctions reflect some arbitrar­ iness: the family, organizations, and institutions, for example, are social units.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David S. Gochman
    • 1
  1. 1.Raymond S. Kent School of Social WorkUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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