Dr. Ian Glendon’s Email response.

Dear Dave

Many thanks for your kind comments on our book. While it was not specifically designed as a course text (unlike the first edition), we are delighted that you are able to use it with your graduate class.

As the Health Belief Model is a widely-used approach to behavior change, there is a considerable literature available – we only cite a small fraction of this in our book.  Therefore, I’m not sure best how to answer your query.  If the class is amenable to a participatory approach, then one option would be to present the model and get the students to develop a program of behavior change based on the HBM, including how they propose to evaluate any change that had occurred as a result of the proposed intervention/s.  This approach could employ the model as a learning tool.

On pp. 213-218 of our book there are some examples of behavior change programs, which although not specifically based upon the HBM, there are elements of HBM variables in there.  Perhaps these could be used as illustrations of how to develop behavior change programs in practice, which your students could then apply within their own organizations?  For lecture material you could start by following up our references, but a broadly-based search would deliver many more examples of the use of the HBM.

I’ll copy this response to my co-authors in case they have any further thoughts on your question.

Kind regards.


A/Prof Ian Glendon
School of Psychology
Gold Coast Campus
Griffith University
QLD 4222
+ 61 7 5552 8964


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