≪Organizer Abstract≫
Successful and effective disease prevention programs must be theory-driven and supported by empirical studies. Psychology has contributed to health promotion by providing theoretical framework and empirical supports on preventive behaviors. The objective of the proposed symposium is to inform the audience the contribution of psychology in understanding health related behaviors, and to stimulate discussions on how theories should be integrated into health promotion practices and interventions at individual, community and population-levels. The first speaker will introduce socio-ecological and psychological factors associated with child and adolescent health status & behaviors, minority health issues & health disparities from a public health perspective. The second speaker will address the need for integrating psychological perspectives with the prevention of TB. The third speaker will introduce the importance of behavioral health, illustrating eating behaviors and preventive practices. The fourth speaker highlights the role of risk perception and science literacy on preventive behaviors.
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