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A variation of this manuscript has been rejected by American Journal of health Education under the editorship of Dr. Jim Eddy
Over 25 years of training, teaching, and research experience in health promotion.
21-Sep-2015 Dear Dr Sharma: I regret to inform you that our reviewers have now considered your paper but unfortunately feel it unsuitable for publication in American Journal of Health Education. For your information I attach the reviewer comments at the bottom of this email. I hope you will find them to be constructive and helpful. You are of course now free to submit the paper elsewhere should you choose to do so. Thank you for considering American Journal of Health Education. I hope the outcome of this specific submission will not discourage you from the submission of future manuscripts. Sincerely, jim eddy Editor, American Journal of Health Education firstname.lastname@example.org Reviewer(s)' Comments to Author: Reviewer: 1 Comments to the Author This paper is not suitable for publication. It provides outdated information regarding traditional models of behavior changes. Much information is inaccurate and unscientific. References are outdated. The Integrated Behavioral Model is stated incorrectly. Words are misspelled, sentences are grammatically incorrect. Reviewer: 2 Comments to the Author AJHE 2015-0065 The manuscript is not ready for publication in the American Journal of Health Education. The author does not build on the literature that highlights the application and success of theory based research but rather only highlights limitations of selected health behavior theory. Some balance is needed here. The literature cited is dated. The author does not present a cogent argument for a new theory that builds on previous research
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Comments from Professor Lawrence Green on an earlier incomplete draft:
Dear Dr. Sharma,
From a quick reading, which might be all I can offer in the next few weeks, I’m impressed with your encompassing and integrating of psychological theories pertaining to health education, and I appreciate that you have included a place for environmental factors in general, but I am disappointed if your book does not acknowledge the debt health education owes to theories of sociology, anthropology and economics. I’m sharing this not with the entire AAHB listserve, but with a few colleagues who have given particular attention with me lately to this gap in the literature accounting for some major public health successes.
Lawrence W. Green, DrPH
University of California at San Francisco Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine Mission Hall: Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building 550 16th Street, 2nd floor, Box #0560 San Francisco, CA 94158-2549
web: www.lgreen.net; www.epi.ucsf.edu;
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& Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Comments from Professor Lawrence Green on Completed Manuscript:
Dear Professor Sharma,
I did see your online publication of the article for which I had provided a brief comment on what I think was an earlier, partial version. I have no objection to your posting my comment with the caveat that it was in response to a draft of one part of the manuscript (if I’m correct on that recollection). I might still get back to the online paper to offer a more general comment if I can find the time. My compliments on your good work. I’m impressed also with your enterprising approach to publishing on WebMed Central along with the reviewer critiques you got from the AJHE.
These are comments from Prof. Lawrence Green who is among the msot respected names in Health Promotion field not only in US but all over the world.
This is a well thought out research and it touches important constructs of health specific behavior theories. Dr. Sharma has demonstrated a very professional writing style that keeps the reader interested and his experience in this area of research is evident throughout the paper. Dr. Sharma has done a great job in providing a strong basis for choice of constructs for his proposed model. The evaluation of theoretical components is very clear and I must say that criticism is very easy to comprehend. This manuscript could be an excellent tool to learn development of health behavior theoretical model. However, as mentioned by Dr. Sharma, the utility of this theoretical model needs to be tested at both individual and population levels. I would like to request journal to figure out a way to put the connecting arrows in the figures; this will help in presenting how components relate to each other in this proposed theoretical model.
Vinayak K. Nahar, M. D., M. S., Doctoral Candidate
Department of Health, Exercise Science & Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi
234 Turner Center
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-5570
Thank you Dr. Nahar for your kind comments. I would like to invite you to test this theory for your research in a behavior of your choice with a target population of your liking. If I can be of any assitance please let me know.
I have over 25 years experience in health promotion.
Sure Dr. Sharma. I am very much interested. I would love to work with you.
We would like to share our paper which has been recently published in Health Promotion Perspectives (open access). This research is the first to test Multi-theory Model in the health behavior research area. We used this model to predict initiation and sustenance of physical activity behavior change among college students.
Citation: Nahar VK, Sharma M, Catalano HP, Ickes MJ, Johnson P, Ford MA. Testing multi-theory model (MTM) in predicting initiation and sustenance of physical activity behavior among college students. Health Promot Perspect. 2016;6(2):58-65. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2016.11.
Online Link: http://journals.tbzmed.ac.ir/HPP/Abstract/HPP_2459_20160301053211
Thanks for your interest in Multi-theory Model!
Health Behavior and Promotion
215 Turner Center
Phone: (662) 915-5570
The MTM is described with a sample instrument and discussion on how to develop an intervention in the following book:
Sharma, M. (2017). Theoretical foundations of health education and health promotion. (3rd ed.) Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN# 978-1-2841-0494-3.
Please be sure to read an editorial on MTM in JADE:
Sharma, M. (2016). A new theory for health behavior change: Implications for alcohol and drug education. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 60(1), 5-8.
Another artilce on MTM has ben published:
Sharma, M., Catalano, H. P., Nahar, V. K., Lingam, V., Johnson, P., & Ford, M. A. (2016). Using multi-theory model of health behavior change to predict portion size consumption among college students. Health Promotion Perspectives, 6(3), 137-144. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2016.22.
Sharma, M., Knowlden, A. P., & Nahar, V. K. (2017). Applying a New Theory to Alter Binge Drinking Behavior in College Students. Family and Community Health, 40(1), 52-53.
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