discussion forum 31

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), “understanding multiple health behavior change and its mechanisms is imperative to help people to adopt and maintain as many as possible recommended health behaviors” (p. 1). Theories related to behavior change can be found in most intervention research and become integral to practice.

  1. Review the overview of major theoretical approaches to human-services intervention under “Models of Behavior Change” 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.
  2. Select one theory and provide a summary of its major points.
  3. 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?
  4. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ 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 student’s theory might also apply to the problem you described in (3), above.

Discussion question responses should be at least 200-300 words.