Health Behavior Research, Cognate Disciplines, Future Identity, and an Organizing Matrix

An Integration of Perspectives
  • David S. Gochman


Health behavior research is multidisciplinary. It is not exclusively the turf or domain of any single discipline or profession and is conducted by persons trained in a number of these disciplines. This chapter describes and discusses four major cognate disciplines that inspire and generate health behavior research: health psychology, medical anthropology, medical geography, and medical sociology. There is danger, of course, in designating these as “four major cognate disciplines”; it may well be argued that there are other “major” ones. Literature reviews, suggest, however, that the phrase, and its implied limitations, are appropriate.


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

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