The underlying theory for the African-American Men’s Health Study social-cognitive intervention was derived from the AIDS Risk Reduction Model.
The AIDS Risk Reduction Model (ARRM) suggests that in order to change behavior one must first label the behavior as risky, then make a commitment to reduce the behavior, and finally to take action to perform the desired change. Factors influencing movement between these stages include fear/anxiety and social norms.
For more information on theoretical models and using theory in prevention programs, please check out the CAPS fact sheet:
Last modified: February 7, 2011