The Health Belief Model Of Health

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Throughout the history of health education, many theories have been developed to explain, predict, and change health behaviors. These psychosocial theories are created to further understand why people choose certain actions that affect their health, in either a negative or positive way. One specific method, which generated from the psychological and behavioral theory, is the Health Belief Model. The health belief model is one of the most widely used theories of health behavior, and was developed to investigate why people fail to undertake preventive health measures (Orji, Vassileva, & Mandryk, 2012). By using the health belief model, researchers and health practitioners can recognize the reasons behind why people fail to implement disease prevention strategies. However, the effectiveness of this model has its limitations. Even though the original health belief model has been proven to be successful, it has become obsolete. Due to the evolving knowledge in the field of health care and health education, there has been specific modifications and revisions made to the original health belief model. In return, a new extended model has been applied to perceive greater reliability outcomes for researchers and health care professionals. The Health Belief Model (HBM) was initially developed in the 1950s by social scientists at the U.S. Public Health Service in order to understand the widespread failure of people to participate in disease prevention and detection strategies (Glanz,

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