The Future of Health Behavior and Prevention Research: What Will Change in the Next 25 Years?

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Objective: To review progress in the field of health behavior research and suggest future directions. Methods: Reviewed the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of research during the past 25 years and identified likely technological changes that will impact research during the next 25 years. Results: In the not-too-distant future, normal science will be transformed by broad-based diffusion of innovations, some of which will include the increased use of automated data collection methods and the widespread adoption of research-based programs. Conclusions: Research during the next 25 years will eventually result in a radical transformation of health behavior research.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Tanglewood Research, Greensboro, NC.

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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