Establishing a Relationship between Behavior Change Theory and Social Marketing: Implications for Health Education

ArticleinJournal of health education / Association for the Advancement of Health Education · December 1999with189 Reads
DOI: 10.1080/10556699.2000.10603439
Describes relationships between behavior change theory and social marketing practice, noting challenges in making behavior change theory an important component of social marketing and proposing that social marketing is the framework to which theory can be applied, creating theory-driven, consumer-focused, more effective health education programs. This integration can be achieved in four areas (e.g., planning and evaluating success.) (SM)
    • "That said, both theoretical and practical contributions to the social marketing debate on the part of tourism researchers are needed and should be encouraged. Previous research suggests that eff ective social marketing campaigns tend to use theories and models to guide their interventions (Thackeray & Neiger 2000). These are rooted in diff erent disciplines such as social psychology (e.g. "
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    • "Fourth, since social marketing itself is not a theory, it incorporates a number of theories and models to promote behavior change as previously mentioned. Prior research has suggested that effective campaigns tend to use theory in their design, implementation, and evaluation (Thackeray & Neiger, 2000). While some articles identified in this study were based on more than one theory, others did not explicitly report theory and model use. "
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    • "Social marketing is aimed at improving the personal welfare of the individual and their society by inXuencing voluntary behavior through a marketing program centered on the targeted individual(s). Social marketing acts as a conceptual framework (Thackeray and Neiger, 2000) that can be used by health educators to better apply existing theories of health education where the focus of the education process is maintained through the use of constant feedback in a grounded approach (Jones, 1983; Strauss and Corbin, 1990). This technique can be used to constantly adjust any training that is being undertaken according to the needs of the group, the workplace and, to some extent, the needs of the individuals within the group. "
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