Health-Promoting and Health-Compromising Behaviors Among Minority Adolescents

Pages: 388
Item #: 4317830
ISBN: 978-1-55798-397-8
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 1997
Format: Hardcover
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Minority adolescents are at an increased risk for numerous health problems but are less likely to have a regular source of medical care than either adults or children. During this critical developmental period, adolescents establish behavior patterns that set the stage for adulthood, creating a unique window of opportunity for clinicians and health care professionals to intervene and promote health. This impressive collection guides the efforts to understand and develop innovative, effective, and culturally sensitive approaches for minority youth populations.

The book first lays out the complex matrix of developmental, biological, and sociocultural issues affecting minority youth. The next section delves into the specific health-compromising and health-promoting behaviors that need to be targeted, including drug abuse and violence, sexually transmitted diseases, physical activity, diet, female health issues, and chronic health risks. An innovative and culturally sensitive review of effective intervention approaches follows. The volume concludes with an examination of special problems of health care access and health policies confronting minority youth.

Given the depth and breadth of its coverage, Health-Promoting and Health Compromising Behaviors Among Minority Adolescents belongs on the shelves not only of health psychologists but of all clinical and counseling professionals who might treat minority adolescents.

Table of Contents


—Andrew Baum and Margaret Chesney

—James R. Rodrigue, Dawn K. Wilson, and Wendell C. Taylor

—Dawn K. Wilson, James R. Rodrigue, and Wendell C. Taylor

I. Conceptual Framework for Understanding Minority Adolescent Health

  1. Developmental and Biological Perspectives on Minority Adolescent Health
    —Sheila H. Parfenoff and Roberta L. Paikoff
  2. Psychological, Social, and Cultural Perspectives on Minority Health in Adolescence: A Life-Course Framework
    —James S. Jackson and Sherrill L. Sellers

II. Health-Compromising and Health-Promoting Behaviors in Minority Adolescent Populations

  1. Preventing Drug Abuse and Violence
    —Gilbert J. Botvin and Lawrence M. Scheier
  2. Health Promotion in Minority Adolescents: Emphasis on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    —James R. Rodrigue, Kenneth P. Tercyak, Jr., and Celia M. Lescano
  3. Increasing Physical Activity Levels Among Youth: A Public Health Challenge
    —Wendell C. Taylor, Bettina M. Beech, and Sharon S. Cummings
  4. The Role of Diet in Minority Adolescent Health Promotion
    —Dawn K. Wilson, Susan C. Nicholson, and Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy
  5. Minority Adolescent Female Health: Strategies for the Next Millennium
    —Barbara J. Guthrie, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, and Andrea G. Hunter
  6. Health Behaviors in the Development of Adult Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Among Minorities
    —Helen P. Hazuda and Ana Monterrosa

III. Interventions for Minority Adolescent Populations

  1. Interpersonal Interventions for Minority Adolescents
    —Ken Resnicow, Ronald L. Braithwaite, and JoAnne Kuo
  2. Multisystemic Therapy and the Ethnic Minority Client: Culturally Responsive and Clinically Effective
    —Michael J. Brondino, Scott W. Henggeler, Melisa D. Rowland, Susan G. Pickrel, Phillippe B. Cunningham, and Sonja K. Schoenwald
  3. School-Based Interventions to Prevent Substance Use Among Inner-City Minority Adolescents
    —Mary Ann Forgey, Steven Schinke, and Kristin Cole
  4. Community-Based Interventions
    —Betty R. Yung and W. Rodney Hammond

IV. Health Policy and Special Concerns for Minority Adolescent Populations

  1. Health Service Access and Utilization Among Adolescent Minorities
    —Aida L. Giachello and Jose O. Arrom
  2. Health Care and Health Policy for Adolescents
    —Robert M. Kaplan and Lawrence Friedman


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Dawn K. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

She received her PhD in social psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1988 and completed a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship on alcohol prevention in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She also has been a Fellow at the American Heart Association Seminar on Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Lake Tahoe, California. In 1992, she received a 5-year Young Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health's Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for hypertension prevention in minority adolescents.

Dr. Wilson has also served on the Executive Committee boards for both Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the APA and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is currently an associate editor for Mind/Body Medicine. She has authored numerous scholarly papers and book chapters on health promotion, hypertension prevention, and adolescent health psychology.

James R. Rodrigue is Associate Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology and Director of Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Training at the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Family Therapy Clinic in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Rodrigue received his PhD in clinical psychology from Memphis State University in 1989 and was a predoctoral intern at the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has authored over 50 articles and chapters on clinical child, pediatric, and health psychology.

Professional service activities have included Member-at-Large for the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Chair of the Division 38 (Health Psychology) Committee on Children and Health, member of the APA's Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Task Force on Diversity in Clinical Psychology, member of the Division 12 Task Force on Innovative Models of Service Delivery in Clinical Child Psychology, and regional trainer for the HIV Office for Psychology Education Program of APA.

Wendell C. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas–Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education Graduate Studies at the University of Houston and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Communications Department at Texas Southern University.

He received his AB from Grinnell College, his MS in psychology from Eastern Washington University, his PhD in social psychology from Arizona State University, and his MPH from the University of Texas–Houston Science Center, School of Public Health, and has also completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Health Promotion and Health Education at the Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, University of Texas.

Dr. Taylor has received outstanding faculty awards and is the principal investigator for research grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, and American Heart Association. His research interests include health promotion in adolescents, health behaviors in underserved communities, and cancer prevention. Taylor has authored and coauthored numerous book chapters and scholarly articles.

Reviews & Awards
Three aspects of [this book] set it apart from other volumes on adolescent health…(a) the level of detail used to describe prevention and intervention programs; (b) its description of health-enhancing, not just health-compromising behaviors; and (c) the unique focus on the health behavior of minority adolescents.
—Contemporary Psychology, 1998, Vol. 43, No. 3