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Conceptualizing structural change in health promotion: why we still need to know more about theory


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Author(s): Gelius P, Rütten A
Publication year: 2017
Pages range: 1-8
ISSN: 0957-4824
eISSN: 1460-2245
Language: English

Abstract

As recently discussed in the public health literature, many questions concerning ‘structural’ approaches in health promotion seem to remain unanswered. We argue that, before attempting to provide answers, it is essential to clarify the underlying theoretical assumptions in order to arrive at the right questions one should ask. To this end, we introduce into the current debate an existing theo- retical framework that helps conceptualize structural and individual aspects of health promotion inter- ventions at different levels of action. Using an example from the field of physical activity promotion, we illustrate how an integrated framework can help researchers and health promoters rethink impor- tant issues and design better interventions. In particular, such an approach may help overcome perceived distinctions between different types of approaches, re-conceptualize ideas about the effec- tiveness of interventions, and appropriately address issues of health disparities.



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APA: Gelius, P., & Rütten, A. (2017). Conceptualizing structural change in health promotion: why we still need to know more about theory. Health promotion international, 1-8. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax006

MLA: Gelius, Peter, and Alfred Rütten. "Conceptualizing structural change in health promotion: why we still need to know more about theory." Health promotion international (2017): 1-8.

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