Application of Social Science Theories To Family Planning Health Education In the People's Republic of China

Li Wang, Virginia
May 1976
American Journal of Public Health;May76, Vol. 66 Issue 5, p440
Academic Journal
The transformation of the Chinese society was political and economic by revolution; it was also social and cultural through mass education. Group decisions have been used to induce social change in the Chinese society and applied extensively to the family planning program. The methods which Kurt Lewin developed to change food habits, have been perfected on a grand scale and in myriad ways by the Chines. Health education in China has the advantage of having the whole-hearted support of the community and its organizations once the decision of priority is made. It involves not only the message and the media to communicate with the public, but also the social institutions, the values of society and community resources. The health education model developed by Green proved most useful in the analysis of factors contributing to the program success. China's experience suggests that there is an element of universality in the social and psychological forces which enhance or impede change and in the educational components which facilitate the planning and development of a program to influence health behavior, irrespective of the social context in which education takes place.


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