Church-based health behavior programs: Using social cognitive theory to formulate interventions for at-risk populations

Richard A. Winett, Eileen S. Anderson, Jessica A. Whiteley, Janet R. Wojcik, Liza S. Rovniak, Kristi D. Graves, Daniel I. Galper, Sheila G. Winett

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Epidemiological analyses conclude that the major contributors to all-cause premature mortality and morbidity are smoking, alcohol abuse, inappropriate diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. Efforts to modify these health behaviors in populations with community and worksite interventions, although initially promising, have had difficulty in sustaining health-behavior changes. More intensive, theoretically based interventions targeted to at-risk groups and delivered in smaller social units, such as churches and other religious organizations, have been recommended. An intervention based on social cognitive theory that entails integrating self-regulatory procedures with social and environmental supports in rural churches serving people from lower socioeconomic groups is described in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalApplied and Preventive Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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