Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Psychosocial Behavioral Intervention

  • Xuefeng ZhongEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_424-1



A psychosocial behavioral intervention has been defined as “any intervention that emphasizes psychological or social factors rather than biological factors” (Ruddy and House 2005). It refers to an intervention that addresses the psychological and social determinants of health behavior(s). Core to a psychosocial behavioral intervention is the fact that it incorporates psychosocial intervention strategies aimed at influencing a person’s behavior(s) in order to improve their health and well-being. Such interventions can be delivered in different ways, e.g., in groups or individually, as well as through organizations and/or via other settings in the community.

Health behaviorrefers to a person’s beliefs and actions regarding their health and well-being. They are shaped by individuals’ choices and external constraints and are influenced by social, cultural, and physical environments in which people live and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Education Institute of Anhui Provincial Center for Disease Control and PreventionHefeiChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lei Feng
    • 1
  • Sharpley Hsieh
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.School of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyRoyal Brisbane & Women's HospitalBrisbaneAustralia