Self-Regulation Theory in Behavioral Medicine
To discuss briefly the scientific and historical trends that have led to the rise of behavioral medicine.
To outline the role that theory (in particular, self-regulation theory; Schwartz, 1977, 1979, 1983) plays in its development.
To discuss the potential and the limitations of self-regulation theory.
To use the modified health belief model (Feuerstein & Linden, 1984) to illustrate the complex interactions of social, behavioral, and biological self-regulatory mechanisms that account for many forms of medical illness.
To delineate from this discussion the objective of the present book, that is, to provide an in-depth analysis of how closely current treatment rationales reflect and integrate available knowledge of underlying biological self-regulatory mechanisms which may effectively function as barriers to short-term treatment success and/or to the maintenance of initially positive outcome.
KeywordsBehavioral Medicine Health Belief Model Peripheral Organ Treatment Rationale Present Book
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