Theories and Conceptual Frameworks

Overviews of Individual, Interpersonal, Community Level Theories

Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice

Monograph consists of three parts:

    Foundations of Theory in Health Promotion and Health Behavior
    Theories and Applications
    Putting Theory and Practice Together

eSource: Behavioral & Social Science Research - Social and Behavioral Theories
Informative introduction to what theory is and why it is important. Includes brief descriptions of the Health Belief Model, the Transtheoretical Model/Stages of Change, Social Cognitive Theory, and Social Ecological Model and their key constructs.

Theories and Models Frequently Used in Health Promotion

Table of individual, interpersonal and community level theories that relate to health behavior change.

O'Campo P (2003).
Invited commentary: Advancing theory and methods for multilevel models of residential neighborhoods and health. American Journal of Epidemiology, 157(1), 9-13. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwf171.

McDowell I. & Newell C. (1996).
This chapter is a useful reference regarding the use of theory to develop and choose rating scales, instruments and measures: McDowell, I. & Newell, C. (1996). The theoretical and technical foundations of health measurement (Chapter 2). In Measuring health: A guide to rating scales and questionnaires (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. 

Implementation Science

May C (2013). Towards a general theory of implementation.  Implementation Science, 8:18. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-8-18[PDF]

Davies P, Walker A E & Grimshaw JM (2010). A systematic review of the use of theory in the design of guideline dissemination and implementation strategies and interpretation of the results of rigorous evaluations. Implementation Science, 5:14. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-5-14. [PDF]

Damschroder, L. J., Aron, D. C., Keith, R. E., Kirsh, S. R., Alexander, J. A. & Lowery, J. C. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science, 4:50.

Gaglio, B., Shoup, J. A., Glasgow, R. E. (2013). The RE-AIM framework: A systematic review of use over time. American Journal of Public Health, 103(6), e38-e46.

Harvey, G., Kitson, A. (2016). PARIHS revisited: From heuristic to integrated framework for the successful implementation of knowledge into practice. Implementation Science, 11:33.

Knapp, H. & Anaya, H. D. (2012). Implementation science in the real world: A streamlined model. Journal of Healthcare Quality, 34(6), 25-35.

Proctor, E., Silmere, H., Raghavan, R., Hovmand, P., Aarons, G., Bunger, A., Griffey, R., & Hensley, M. (2011). Outcomes for implementation research: Conceptual distinctions, measurement challenges, and research agenda. Administration Policy and Mental Health, 38(2), 65-76.

Proctor, E. K., Powell, B. J., & McMillen, J. C. (2013). Implementation strategies: Recommendations for specifying and reporting. Implementation Science, 1:8.

Sorensen, J. L., & Kosten T. (2011) Developing the tools of implementation science in substance use disorders treatment: applications of the consolidated framework for implementation research. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 262-268.

Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT)

Anna Stetsenko, PhD, Transformative Activist Stance: New Activity Theory Perspectives on Human Development

John Krinsky, PhD, Learning and Political Contradictions: Perspectives on Policy Activism from Cultural-Historical Activity Theory

Stetsenko, A. & Arievitch, I. M. (2010). Cultural-historical activity theory: Foundational worldview and major principles. In J. Martin and S. Kirschner (Eds.), The sociocultural turn in psychology: The contextual emergence of mind and self (pp. 231-253). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Stetsenko, A. (2012). Personhood: An activist project of historical Becoming through collaborative pursuits of social transformation. New Ideas in Psychology, 30, 144–153.

Stetsenko, A. (2008). From relational ontology to transformative activist stance: Expanding Vygotsky's (CHAT) project. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 3, 465-485.

Friedman, S. R., Sandoval, M., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Rossi, D., Gwadz, M., Dombrowski, K., Smyrnov, P., Vasylyeva, T., Pouget, E. R., & Perlman, D. (2013). Theory, measurement and hard times: Some issues for HIV/AIDS research. AIDS and Behavior, 17(6), 1915-1925.

Dialectical Theory and Models

Friedman, S. R., & Rossi, D. (2011). Dialectical theory and the study of HIV/AIDS and other epidemics. Dialectical Anthopology, 35, 403-427.

The journal Dialectical Anthropology is an international journal that provides a forum for work with a pronounced dialectical approach to social theory and political practice for scholars and activists working in Marxist and broadly political-economic traditions, and those who wish to be in dialogue or debate with these traditions.

Social and Transdisciplinary Models of HIV-related Prevention and Care

Friedman, S. R., Downing, M. J., Jr., Smyrnov, P., Nikolopoulos, G., Schneider, J. A., Livak, B., Magiorkinis, G,, Slobodianyk, L., Vasylyeva, T. I., Paraskevis, D., Psichogiou, M., Sypsa, V., Malliori, M. M., Hatzakis A. (2014). Socially-integrated transdisciplinary HIV prevention. AIDS and Behavior, 18, 1821-1834.

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