Predicting and Changing Health Behavior: Conducting and Publishing Theory-Based Research

The 2004 CREATE workshop was facilitated by Paul Norman and Peter Harris from Sheffield, UK. The workshop focused on the use of theories in health psychology to predict and change health behaviour, as well as on publishing research on these topics. The workshop was therefore structured around three themes, and considered the following issues:
Predicting health behaviour
  • the rationale for theory development and theory-driven research in health psychology
  • the advantages of general versus specific theories
  • the critical evaluation of major health behaviour theories in health psychology
  • operationalisation and measurement issue
  • testing and developing theories
Changing health behaviour
  • theory-based versus theory-inspired interventions
  • the development of theory-based interventions
  • evaluating interventions: assessing behavioural impact and cognitive mediation
  • translating research findings into practice
Publishing research
  • steps involved in writing research papers
  • choosing a target journal
  • submission and the review process
  • publication and beyond
General Reading:
  • Conner, M., & Norman, P. (1996). (eds.) Predicting health behaviour: Research and practice with social cognition models. Buckingham: Open University Press.
  • Rutter, D., & Quine, L. (2001) (eds.) Changing health behaviour: Intervention and research with social cognition models. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Specific Reading:
  • Hunter M.S., Grunfeld E.A., & Ramirez A.J. (2003). Help-seeking intentions for breast-cancer symptoms: A comparison of the self-regulation model and the theory of planned behaviour. British Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 319-333.
  • Ripptoe, P.A., & Rogers, R.W. (1987). Effects of components of protection motivation theory on adaptive and maladaptive coping with a health threat. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 596-604

Workshop slides: These slides (see below) were presented by Peter Harris at the 2004 CREATE workshop in Helsinki and contain loads of useful information for disseminating and publishing your findings.

Good Health - Person and Context