Behavior Modification in Black Populations

Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings

  • Samuel M. Turner
  • Russell T. Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Samuel M. Turner
    Pages 1-19
  3. Anna Mitchell-Jackson
    Pages 21-38
  4. Maxie C. Maultsby Jr.
    Pages 39-55
  5. Victor R. Adebimpe
    Pages 57-71
  6. Maxie C. Maultsby Jr.
    Pages 151-170
  7. A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Jack O. Jenkins
    Pages 171-207
  8. Jack O. Jenkins, Sara Rahaim, Lily M. Kelly, Douglas Payne
    Pages 209-247
  9. Carolyn M. Tucker
    Pages 249-278
  10. Gerald Groves
    Pages 279-300
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 327-330

About this book


During the past decade, research and practice in the field of behavior modification have experienced phenomenal growth. Behavioral inter­ vention strategies that were considered strictly experimental a few years ago are now accepted therapeutic modalities, and behavioral method­ ology has been instrumental in creating an atmosphere conducive to the development of scientific rigor in the area of mental health. But behav­ ioral influence has not been limited to mental health. There has been considerable impact in education, industry, government, and general health care. Although behavior modification has made a significant impact on psychology in general, there has been a noticeable lack of theorizing and empirical research on issues primarily related to black populations. In fact, the black community in general, and black psychologists in partic­ ular, often have viewed behavioral approaches with suspicion. We hope that the material presented in this volume will serve to clarify what the behavioral approach is and what it is not and that it will help to foster an understanding of the behavioral approach. Moreover, empirical data demonstrating the effectiveness of behavioral procedures with black populations are presented. It is our hope that the material will provide some insight into how behavioral theory, methodology, and therapeutic strategies can be used to the benefit of black mental health in particular and the overall psychological health of the black community in general.


Action Mental Health Motivation attention behavior care development education empirical research experiment growth health methodology psychology research

Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel M. Turner
    • 1
  • Russell T. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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