What is a
a commonly used definition of theory. A theory is:
organized knowledge applicable in a relatively wide variety of
circumstances devised to analyze, predict or otherwise explain
the nature or behaviour of a specified set of phenomena that could
be used as the basis for action (Van Ryn and Heany, 1992).
put, a theory is a structured logical explanation, or a way of examining
or describing a certain phenomenon, such as the factors promoting
or inhibiting health.
are Theories used in Health Promotion?
apply theories to:
understand the individuals, organizations and communities they
guide the selection
and development of appropriate health promotion strategies;
factors promoting and inhibiting change at the individual, community
and societal levels.