Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Intervention Theories

  • Nelli Hankonen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_326



Health-promoting interventions aim to reduce health-risk behaviors and/or to promote behaviors and support environments conducive to health. In this pursuit, use of theory will serve several important purposes in various phases of interventions: In the beginning of intervention planning, theories can be used to describe the target group as well as contribute to understanding of the health-promoting behaviors and environmental conditions. Theories may also inform the design of the intervention by helping to identify possible determinants of both risk and healthful behaviors and environments and to select methods to promote change (intervention techniques/behavior change techniques). Finally, theories are useful in evaluating the intervention (e.g., choice of measures) and retrieving evidence from interventions for the refinement of existing theories. (Bartholomew & Mullen, 2011; Bartholomew, Parcel, Kok, Gottlieb, & Fernández, 2011;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Lifestyle and ParticipationNational Institute for Health and Welfare University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland