Behavioural Change

An Evidence-Based Handbook for Social and Public Health


  • Colette Browning, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, Associate Professor in Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Shane Thomas, DipPubPol, PhD, MAPS, Professor and Director of Primary Care Research, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Behavioural Change provides a comprehensive overview of what is known about our ability to change behaviour of people across a wide range of domains including smoking, physical activity and exercise, eating and nutrition, sexual behaviour, drugs and alcohol use, sleep, crash and injury prevention, depression, gambling and self-management of chronic illness. It not only reviews the evidence concerning these issues but also provides original insights into how effective and sustainable intervention programs may be designed and delivered to address them. The main emphasis of the book is on linking research knowledge, i.e. the evidence base, and its translation into effective and sustainable programs. State of the art reviews are presented in an accessible but authoritative manner. The emphasis upon transfer to programs is very useful for practitioners and students.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07357-1

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Models of behaviour change and health promotion

3. Achieving effectiveness in health promotion programs: evidence, infrastructure and action

4. Eating and nutrition

5. Sexual health and behaviour change

6. Alcohol and drug use: Theoretical integration of interventions to prevent harm.

7. Changing physical activity and exercise patterns

8. Tobacco dependence, smoking prevention and cessation

9. Management of depression

10. Interventions for insomnia

11. Problematic gambling behaviour

12. Crash and injury prevention

13. Self-management and chronic illness

14. Pushing the boundaries of evidence-based research: enhancing the application and sustainability of health promotion programs in diverse populations

15. The way forward in the design and development of effective behaviour change programs