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The Health Belief Model (HBM)

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Please critically evaluate the Health Belief Model using health related behaviours.

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The Health Belief Model (HBM) origins are noted.

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The Health Belief Model (HBM) was originally developed by social psychologists to understand why people failed to make use of the screening tests for early detection of disease. The model eventually expanded and applied to other health related problems including chronic illness such as patient's response to symptoms or compliance with medical regimens (Stroebe and Stroebe, 1997). Rosenstock (1990) claimed that the model has been one of the most influential and widely used approaches in explaining health-related behaviors for the past decades.

The central theme of the HBM is that people will take actions to ward off or to control ill-health conditions if they believe themselves to be susceptible to the condition ...

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