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Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) is one of the most commonly applied health behaviour theories. This presentation will outline how self-efficacy, a major construct of SCT, was used as a lens to explore the barriers indigenous women from rural Guatemala face in accessing and using family planning methods. The resulting context and behaviour-specific family planning self-efficacy scale will be presented.
This application of elicitation interview methodology will be of interest to public health professionals who seek to understand the multiple types of barriers (individual, social, structural) that people face in carrying out particular health behaviours relevant to their fields.
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Presenter: Emma Richardson
Emma Richardson is a CIHR-funded doctoral candidate in the fourth year of her Social and Behavioural Health Sciences doctorate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her research in the area of reproductive health in Guatemala is supervised by PHO’s Dr. Kenneth Allison and builds on her half-decade of experience working with the United Nations in Central America.
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