Introduction to health behavior theory

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More like a discussion rather than a paper

Please add to the discussion in your peer responses with informative responses, instead of posts similar to “great idea! I really agree with you.”




POST 1 (Tina)

I once cared for a young woman who valued health behaviors. She would come in for regular/routine check-ups, ate healthily, worked out, and monitored her emotional health. She was diagnosed with diabetes because she was overweight, which prompted her to value health behaviors. The factors that differentiate value for health behaviors are socio-economic status, location, race, culture, and perception of healthcare (Hayden, 2017). People may not seek preventive health services because they do not have the funds to go for regular check-ups. A person may also not assign value for health behaviors if they have a negative perception of doctors. For instance, LGBT may not seek medical care because most physicians do not know how to associate with them.

The contributors to barriers to health behaviors include accessibility, quality, and cost of care (Glanz et al., 2015). Accessibility and cost of care make it increasingly difficult for a person without finances to obtain healthcare services. Lack of quality care may prompt negative perceptions among the public, causing them to avoid certain facilities or treatment procedures. A nurse assesses the value of health behaviors through a transcultural patient assessment. A transcultural assessment reveals the patient’s perceptions of healthcare and the factors that limit them from accessing medical services.



Glanz, K., Rimer, B. K., & Viswanath, K. (Eds.). (2015). Health behavior: Theory, research, and practice. John Wiley & Sons.

Hayden, J. (2017). Introduction to health behavior theory. Jones & Bartlett Learning.



POST 2(Kristen)

Health behavior is done when a person maintains good health. Health behavior prevents illness. I experienced a client who valued health behaviors after he was screened and learned certain diseases he was at risk for. This patient was obese and blood work showed he was at risk for common diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. This patient stated he did not want to go on medication and he would make a lifestyle change. After months had gone by, the patient came back in and he lost a significant amount of weight and was no longer at risk. He stated he lives a healthy lifestyle now, he goes to the gym and eat healthy. He said that he valued health behavior now.  Nurses can assess the value of health behaviors having a nonjudgmental approach. “Having respect for the client is an essential component in maintaining open communication” (Pearson, n.d.). We as nurses can assess the client for risk factors such as heart disease. The nurse and the client can then develop strategies to make changes. A barrier that I feel contributes to health behavior is support system. You must have a support system willing to encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle.


Pearson. (n.d.). TOPIC 01: Intervention Process. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from

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