Preventing AIDS

Theories and Methods of Behavioral Interventions

  • Ralph J. DiClemente
  • John L. Peterson

Part of the AIDS Prevention and Mental Health book series (APMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ralph J. DiClemente, John L. Peterson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Irwin M. Rosenstock, Victor J. Strecher, Marshall H. Becker
    Pages 5-24
  4. Martin Fishbein, Susan E. Middlestadt, Penelope J. Hitchcock
    Pages 61-78
  5. James W. Dearing, Gary Meyer, Everett M. Rogers
    Pages 79-93
  6. Samuel R. Friedman, Don C. Des Jarlais, Thomas P. Ward
    Pages 95-116
  7. John B. Jemmott III, Loretta Sweet Jemmott
    Pages 141-174
  8. Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Julie Feldman, Margaret Rosario, Edward Dunne
    Pages 175-188
  9. Laurie Roehrich, Tamara L. Wall, James L. Sorensen
    Pages 189-208
  10. John K. Watters, Joseph Guydish
    Pages 209-225
  11. Nancy S. Padian, Janneke H. H. M. van de Wijgert, Thomas R. O’Brien
    Pages 227-242
  12. Janet S. Moore, Janet S. Harrison, Lynda S. Doll
    Pages 243-265
  13. Robert B. Hays, John L. Peterson
    Pages 267-296
  14. John L. Peterson, Ralph J. DiClemente
    Pages 319-322
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 323-336

About this book


Public health has a legacy of neglect regarding social and behavioral research. Too often, prompted by technical and scientific progress, we have ignored­ even marginalized-the vital "human element" in health thinking and prac­ tice. Thus, for example, while family planning programs focused on providing a choice among safe and effective contraceptive methods (a supremely worthy goal), the central issue of sexuality and sexual behavior was generally neglected. Similarly, the enormous and important efforts to develop rapid and reliable diagnostic and treatment methods for sexually transmitted diseases helped divert attention away from the crucial issues of sexual practice. In short, we seem to have difficulty addressing the fundamental behaviors-including sex, drug taking and other intoxications, and violence-that are central to the major causes of preventable morbidity, disability, and premature mortality in the world today. Our collective reluctance to examine and understand ourselves is also expressed in the oft-repeated pipedream that scientific progress will "take care of" the HIV / AIDS pandemic by delivering a preventive vaccine, an effective cure, or both. Yet even a cursory glance at the relationship between scientific/ technical progress and health shows that meeting the scientific challenges is only one step toward effective application of the vaccine or drug. It is typical, not atypical, that hepatitis B vaccine is only now becoming relatively freely available to large populations in the developing world, more than a decade after the vaccine's licensure.


AIDS HIV prevention health intervention prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Ralph J. DiClemente
    • 1
  • John L. Peterson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Center for AIDS ResearchUniversity of AlabamaBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1195-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1193-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0761
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