ADA Nutrition Counseling Evidence Analysis Project

Social Learning Theory

Social Cognitive Theory/Social Learning Theory - provides a framework for understanding, predicting, and changing behavior. The theory identifies a dynamic, reciprocal relationship between environment, the person, and behavior. The person can be both an agent for change and a responder to change. It emphasizes the importance of observing and modeling behaviors, attitudes and emotional reactions of others. Determinants of behavior include goals, outcome expectations and self-efficacy. Reinforcements increase or decrease the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated.

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Evidence Analysis Questions:
What is the evidence that nutrition counseling, based on social learning theory targeted to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors results in health or food behavior change in adults counseled in an outpatient or clinic setting?

What is the evidence that nutrition counseling based on social learning theory for diabetes management results in health or food behavior change in adults counseled in an outpatient or clinic setting?

Bibliography
Burke LE, Dunbar-Jacob J, Orchard TJ, Sereika Susan M. Improving adherence to a cholesterol-lowering diet: A behavioral intervention study. Patient Education and Counseling. 2005; 57: 134-142.
Glasgow RE, Toobert DJ, Mitchell DL, Donnelly JE, Calder D, Nutrition Education and Social Learning Interventions for Type II Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1989; 12 (2): 150-152.
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