The Health Belief Model

Can It Help Us To Understand Contraceptive Use Among Adolescents?


  • Edward S. Herold

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      Edward S. Herold, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1.


The objective of this paper is to go beyond the general statement that the Health Belief Model be applied to family planning research. It will show specifically how the major concepts of the model can be applied to family planning in general, and in particular to the use or non-use of contraception among sexually active young females. The paper also responds to criticism of the use of the Health Belief Model in family planning.