Health psychology and sexual health assessment
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Health psychology and sexual health assessment

Simon Browes Health visitor, Nottingham City Primary Care Trust, Bolton Primary Care Trust, Bolton

This article examines the application of health psychology models to sexual health promotion. The Health Belief Model and Protection Motivation Theory can be applied to assessment and identification of clients’ perspectives about the threat of illness and behavioural responses to that threat. Assessing clients’ individual beliefs about issues of sexual health is important for supporting clients to view themselves as agents of their own sexual health and to make safer decisions about their sexual behaviour.

Nursing Standard. 21, 5, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.10.21.5.35.c6369

Correspondence

simon.browes@nhslts.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review