Elias J. Duryea, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Decision Making And Health Education
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
1983 American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 29–32, January 1983
How to Cite
Duryea, E. J. (1983), Decision Making And Health Education. Journal of School Health, 53: 29–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1983.tb04050.x
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
A philosophical position is proposed that assesses the significance of the present emphasis focused on health decision making. A review of the theoretical perspectives on the decision-making process is outlined. A position statement is offered that clarifies the function and role of decision making within the field of Health Education. A rationale is provided that proposes health decision making efforts be limited to those health areas where definitive epidemiologic evidence is available linking a health behavior (i.e., smoking) to a major health problem (i.e., lung cancer). Recommendations for the future direction of investigations in this area arc presented in the form of research questions.