Health Believe Model

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Critique of Health Believe Model


Dr. Godfrey M. Hochbaum‬.‬


Nursing theory.

King Saud University.


Explanation of Theory:
The Health Belief Model is a value expectancy theory, which states that An individual’s behavior can be 
predicted based upon certain issues that an individual may consider (i.e. perceived susceptibility, perceived severity) when making a decision about a particular behavior concerning their health.

Individual Interpretations:
The Health Belief Model is an archetypal pattern used to evaluate or influence an individual’s behavioral changes in regard to a particular health condition.
The model suggests that the likelihood that an individual will take action 
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Can generate new hypothesis, and new information.


Fairly strong from the examples I studied think this theory 
is precisely formulated and carefully applied.

Can test theory.

Hockbaum’s work is simple as it, Common sense constructs easy for non-psychologists to assimilate and apply, we can apply this theory in many fields.

Strong, we can see where this theory originated from and why it makes sense.

Very credible; this theory is both applied and practical.

HBM critique
* Common sense constructs easy for non-psychologists to assimilate and apply. * Has focused research attention on modifiable psychological prerequisites of behavior. * Makes testable predictions: Large threats might be offset by perceived costs; small threats by large benefits etc.

Limitations * Common-sense framework simplifies health-related representational processes. * Theoretical components broadly defined therefore different operationalization may not be strictly comparable. * Lack of specification of a causal ordering. * Neglects social factors. * Cannot make testable predictions via counterfactuals.

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