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Getting Beyond Technical Rationality in Developing Health Behavior Programs With Youth

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Objective: To explore 2 major components of health behavior research, etiologic research and action research. To argue that action research is both an artistic as well as scientific process. Methods: Review of the development process of effective health behavior programs with youth. Review of literature on art as part of the scientific process, especially in the field of education. Results: Intervention programs that included explicitly creative components demonstrated success in reducing alcohol use and increasing healthful eating and activity patterns. Conclusions: Health behavior researchers might involve art and creativity in action research to enhance program retention and outcomes.

Keywords: action research; art; creativity; health behavior; programs; youth

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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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.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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