Health Care Analysis

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 15–22 | Cite as

Paper one: Social cognition models as a framework for health promotion: Necessary, but not sufficient

  • Paul Bennett
  • Simon Murphy
  • Douglas Carroll
Discussion Psychology, Health Promotion and Aesthemiology


Much of health promotion is premised on the notion that health-related behaviours are under individual control, and strongly influenced by intra-psychic factors, including knowledge and attitudes. The emphasis placed on such factors has led to a neglect of the social and material context in which the individual is situated. This paper describes a number of psychological theories which have influenced health promotion, and suggests ways in which a wider set of psychological theories and methods, which take into account social and material factors, may more usefully inform health promotion initiatives.


Health Promotion Social Cognition Individual Control Psychological Theory Cognition Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Bennett
    • 1
    • 2
  • Simon Murphy
    • 3
  • Douglas Carroll
    • 4
  1. 1.Gwent Psychology and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry ServicesNewportWales
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of WalesCardiff
  3. 3.Simon Murphy, Faculty of Health and Community StudiesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristol
  4. 4.School of PsychologyGlasgow Caledonian UniversityScotland

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