Helpdesk Report: Categorising Behaviourial Characteristics


There are lots of models of human behaviour which can be used to conceptualise behaviour change for more effective learning and future programming within, across and beyond human development.

Traditional approaches to reviewing the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions in the fields of human development have focused upon categorising studies according to the specific behaviour of interest, for example promoting handwashing with soap or the desired outcome, for example, HIV prevention. However, behaviours might be more usefully classified in a more cross-cutting manner according to 'type' of behaviour allowing human development specialists to better identify the most promising behaviour change intervention or theory to the behaviour of interest.

This report includes summaries of categorisations that have been, or could be, applied to health-related behaviours and information on the theory behind the categorisations and the contents of these different categories.


Holley, C. Helpdesk Report: Categorising Behaviourial Characteristics. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2012) 21 pp.

Helpdesk Report: Categorising Behaviourial Characteristics

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