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Handbook of Program Development for Health Behavior Research and Practice
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Handbook of Program Development for Health Behavior Research and Practice

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November 2000 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Handbook of Program Development for Health Behavior Research and Practice guides the reader from program development theory through program activity analysis and selection, immediate impact studies, and intermediate and long-term outcome measurement. The handbook consists of five parts, providing a wealth of information about:

- The history and rationale for engaging in health behavior program development, including a case study that shows how to apply the six-step program development model and ways of surmounting the hurdles to engaging in program development

- The role of theory in program development, the use of assessment studies to fill in gaps in theory regarding what leads to health-related behavior, and many issues and resources relevant to pooling information about prior interventions

- Perceived efficacy (i.e. concept evaluation) methods of activity selection, including verbal and paper-and-pencil methods of selecting potentially useful activities

- Immediate-impact studies of activities and program creation

- Ways to find immediate-outcome measures that predict longer-term outcome measures, and future issues to consider in the arena of health behavior program development.

Each section consists of an overview; one or more commentaries from recognized theorists, researchers, and practitioners in the health field, and case studies that provide guidelines on addressing relevant aspects of program development. These case studies will provide useful information for discussion, research, and application. In all, this handbook provides 20 chapters of detailed and useful information for researchers, academics, public health practitioners, students, policymakers, and those who engage in any aspect of health program development or evaluation.


 
PART ONE: RATIONALE FOR A HANDBOOK OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Steve Sussman and Thomas Ashby Wills
Rationale for Program Development Methods
John K Worden
Case Study 1
Implementing Program Development in a State or Local Health Department: A Smoking Prevention Media Campaign Example  
Rick Petosa
Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Emirically Based Health Behavior Program Planning
 
PART TWO: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THEORY AND ACTIVITY POOLING
Steve Sussman and Alan N Sussman
Praxis in Health Behavior Program Development
Alan W Stacey and Susan L Ames
Case Study 2
Implict Cogition Theory in Drug Use and Driving-Under-the-Influence Interventions  
Valerie Johnson and Robert J Pandina
Choosing Assessment Studies to Clarify Theory-Based Program Ideas
Carol N D'Onfrio
Pooling Information about Prior Interventions
A New Program Planning Tool  
Starr Niego and James Peterson
Case Study 3
The Program Archive on Sexuality, Health and Adolescence (PASHA): A Study of Activity Warehousing  
 
PART THREE: PERCEIVED EFFICACY METHODS
Guadalype X Ayala and John P Elder
Verbal Methods in Perceived Efficacy Work
Steve Sussman, Kara Lichtman and Clyde W Dent
Case Study 4
Use of Focus Groups for Adolescent Tobacoo Use Cessation  
Elahe Nezami , Gerald C Davison and Beth R Hoffman
Non-Verbal Methods of Perceived Efficacy
Clyde W Dent, Kara Lichtman and Steve Sussman
Case Study 5
Use of a Theme Study for Adolesecent Tobacco Use Cessation  
 
PART FOUR: IMMEDIATE IMPACT METHODS AND PROGRAM CONSTRUCTION
Thomas R Simon, Kris Bosworth and Jennifer B Unger
Component Studies
Kara Lichtman et al
Case Study 6
Project EX Component Study  
William B Hansen and David G Altman
Sequencing Issues in Health Behavior Program Development
Michael Linskey and Steve Sussman
Pilot Studies
Louise Ann Rohrbach et al
Case Study 7
Development and Pilot Testing of Project SMART  
 
PART FIVE: TRYING IMMEDIATE OUTCOMES MEASURES TO LONGER-TERM OUTCOMES AND CONCLUSIONS
Stewart I Donaldson et al
Using Meta-Analyses to Improve the Design of Interventions
Stewart I Donaldson
Mediator and Moderator Analysis in Program Development
Steve Sussman, Rick Petosa and Howard Leventhal
Needs for the Future of Program Development

"Steve Sussman and his collaborators have done a magnificent job of putting this book together. It is clearly going to be an important resource for health education researchers for years to come. There are many social science and biomedical researchers who have not been trained in the methods of health education research who will benefit from the wisdom and know-how contained in this volume. There are also many students in schools of public health, nursing, education and communication whose career goal for research or practice in health education and promotion will be assisted greatly."

Dan Romer
University of Pennsylvania

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