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Theory-driven behavioral intervention research for the control of diarrheal diseases


  • Stanton, Bonita
  • Black, Robert
  • Engle, Patrice
  • Pelto, Gretel


Essentially all methods to reduce diarrheal morbidity and mortality require behavioral change. Research is required to design, implement and evaluate behavior-modifying interventions. Accumulated experience in the many involved disciplines should serve as a basis for this research. However, each of these disciplines is associated with different research perspectives and analytic assumptions; thus integration of these varied but potentially complementary experiences has been elusive. In the present paper, arguing that such perspectives and assumptions are embodied in discipline-based theory, we have developed a generic framework for the conduct of theory-based behavioral intervention research. We illustrate the application of this framework through two vignettes applying two of the theories and models to the development of hypothetical handwashing interventions.

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  • Stanton, Bonita & Black, Robert & Engle, Patrice & Pelto, Gretel, 1992. "Theory-driven behavioral intervention research for the control of diarrheal diseases," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 35(11), pages 1405-1420, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:35:y:1992:i:11:p:1405-1420

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