Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences With Public Health

Pages: 405
Item #: 431644A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-721-1
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Copyright: 2001
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The authors of Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences With Public Health examine the ways that community-based behavioral and social science have been applied to major public health concerns. By its nature, public health is complex: Drug addiction, HIV, cancer, violence, and cardiovascular disease are threats notoriously difficult to control. Scientific advances have the potential to prevent disease and other health problems, yet when applied to communities the actual results are often less than spectacular. Psychological and other social factors within specific communities can and often do influence human behavior in negative ways that limit the effectiveness of technological and biomedical approaches.

Applying the constructive knowledge gained from behavioral and social research to public health represents a promising new direction. The authors in this volume provide insight on that promise by discussing mobilization, prevention programs, intervention evaluations, and research. Not only a showcase of successful integration, this volume is also a challenge to public health specialists and behavioral and social scientists to integrate their work in more effective ways. This call to arms is a must-read for any psychologist or social scientist working in the public health field.

Table of Contents




I. Introduction

  1. Behavioral Science, Social Science, and Public Health in the 21st Century
    —Neil Schneiderman and Marjorie A. Speers

II. Applying Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Selected Public Health Problems

  1. Creating Social and Public Health Environments to Sustain Behavior Change: Lessons from Obesity Research
    —Margaret A. Chesney, Rebecca C. Thurston, and Katrina A. Thomas
  2. Socioeconomic Factors in the Behavioral and Psychosocial Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease
    —John Lynch
  3. Community Intervention in Cardiovascular Health Promotion: North Karelia, 1972–1999
    —Pekka Puska and Antti Uutela
  4. Exposure to Urban Violence: Shifting From an Individual to an Ecological Perspective
    —Raymond P. Lorion
  5. Action Research: Informing Interventions in Male Violence Against Women
    —Sarah L. Cook and Mary P. Koss
  6. Strategies for Preventing HIV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users: Taking Interventions to the People
    —Don C. Des Jarlais and Samuel R. Friedman
  7. Community Involvement in HIV/AIDS Prevention
    —Seth C. Kalichman, Anton Somlai, and Kathleen Sikkema
  8. Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Breast Cancer Screening
    —Barbara K. Rimer, Helen Meissner, Nancy Breen, Julie Legler, and Cathy A. Coyne
  9. Integrating Perspectives on the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries
    —Andrea Carlson Gielen and Deborah C. Girasek

III. Conceptual and Methodological Considerations in the Integration of Behavioral and Social Sciences With Public Health

  1. Community Mobilization for Prevention and Health Promotion Can Work
    —Abraham Wandersman
  2. Assessing the Economic Costs and Benefits of Behavioral Interventions
    —David R. Holtgrave and Steven D. Pinkerton
  3. Toward a Psychosocially Healthy Work Environment: Broader Roles for Psychologists and Sociologists
    —Robert Karasek
  4. Evaluation of Community-Based Health Programs: An Alternate Perspective
    —Robert M. Goodman
  5. Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Design and Analysis of Group-Randomized Trials
    —David M. Murray
  6. Empowerment Evaluation and Self-Determination: A Practical Approach Toward Program Improvement and Capacity Building
    —David Fetterman
  7. Public Health and Religion
    —Diane M. Becker

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors