Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Perceived Benefits

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1165



Perceived benefit refers to the perception of the positive consequences that are caused by a specific action. In behavioral medicine, the term perceived benefit is frequently used to explain an individual’s motives of performing a behavior and adopting an intervention or treatment. Researchers and theorists attempt to measure positive perceptions because they believe that a behavior is driven by an individual’s cognition in terms of acceptability, motives, and attitudes toward such behavior, especially if positive.

In psychology, five models may explain the performance of health behavior related to the construct of perceived benefit. First, the Health Belief Model (Becker, 1974) describes that the perceived benefit is one of the four major predictors of health-related behavior. Second, the Transtheoretical Model...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret HospitalUniversity Health Network/ University of TorontoTorontoCanada