BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE THEORIES & UNINTENTIONAL INJURY

Behavioral and Social Sciences Theories and Models:
are They used in Unintentional Injury Prevention Research?

Behavioral and social sciences theories and models have the potential to enhance efforts to reduce unintentional injuries. The authors reviewed the published literature on behavioral and social science theory applications to unintentional injury problems to enumerate and categorize the ways different theories and models are used in injury prevention research.

Health and safety behaviors contribute to many of today’s public health problems. Mokdad et al. (Mokdad et al., 2004) and McGinnis and Foege (McGinnis and Foege, 1993) demonstrated that health behaviors were responsible for 40–60% of the deaths in the US in 1990.

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