Theory and Practice
The role of theory is important in the construction, implementation, and evaluation of human-services intervention. According to Lippke, Nigg, & Maddock (2012), â€œunderstanding multiple health behavior change and its mechanisms is imperative to help people to adopt and maintain as many as possible recommended health behaviorsâ€ (p. 1). Theories related to behavior change can be found in most intervention research and become integral to practice.
- Review the overview of major theoretical approaches to human-services intervention under â€œModels of Behavior Changeâ€ in the assigned reading for this week from the Institute of Medicine (U.S.) Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice, and Policy: 5: Individuals and Families: Models and Interventions.
- Select one theory and provide a summary of its major points.
- Now, apply the theory to a problem you may see or can envision occurring in the human-services setting. According to the theory, what is the underlying source of the problem you are describing and how would the problem be resolved?
- Respond to at least two of your classmatesâ€™ postings. Suggest other ways in which his or her chosen theory might be applied to a problem in human services or comment on how that studentâ€™s theory might also apply to the problem you described in (3), above.
Discussion question responses should be at least 200-300 words.