Theory of Planned Behavior as a Predictor of HIV testing


Your Individual Final Paper has 5 components: 1) rationale for the health issue; 2) overview of theoretical constructs; 3) critique of the reviewed article; 4) Healthy People 2020 and interventions. The individual final paper should be approximately 10 pages, double spaced, using 12-point – Times New Roman, with one inch margins. No quotes should be used while writing your final paper. Paraphrase and summarize are necessary.
Each component of the final paper is outlined below: Section/ Points Section Requirements Rationale for the health issue HIV testing– 2 pages Provide a strong rationale for why public health should address this health issue or behavior (include at least 5 references) Use epidemiological data or other statistical information on incidence and prevalence Discuss the consequences (e.g., physical, mental, economic), impact, and behavioral risk factors related to the health issue or behavior o Identify the target population of interest (should match your article) that has been attached Discuss why this health issue or behavior is of importance among this population
Overview of Theory – 2 pages Provide a brief historical overview of the theory o Describe the theory and define its major constructs or components (not in context of the article – solely the theory on its own) o Be sure to cite proper references (i.e., the textbook!)
Critique of reviewed article – 3 pages Provide a critique of your article (similar to your homework assignments!). Your summary should include the following: The purpose and main goal(s) of the study o How the theory was applied/measured: A description of the operationalization and/or application of theory constructs within the study (i.e., provide specific examples in the program or items on the surveys that described how the constructs were operationalized)
Results (were study aims achieved? Why/Why not?) o Strengths & weaknesses of applying this theory. Consider: Other constructs the study could have applied Different operationalization of constructs  Do NOT focus on limitations of the study design!
Think about the theoretical application! o Also include the appropriate article citation as a reference. Healthy People 2020 & Interventions – 3 pages Research the same health issue/behavior in Healthy People 2020. o Identify a specific objective of HP2020 and discuss whether your article addresses this objective. Be detailed and specific (include baseline & target values) o Using CHInav, HP2020, Google, or other sources, discuss two (2) programs/interventions that address this HP2020 objective & your health topic. o Be sure to cite your sources! o Consider that you were to apply your theory to the two (2) above interventions: discuss how you might measure or incorporate the theory constructs (a select few or all) to each intervention.
Discuss the public health implications of applying this theory in each interventions/programs Writing format Paper includes headings reflecting required paper elements Paper follows the current edition APA style citations Paper includes citations where appropriate and a reference list

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