Finding Solutions to Social Problems: Behavioral Strategies for Change

Pages: 427
Item #: 4318510
ISBN: 978-1-55798-367-1
List Price: $19.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1996
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

The science of human behavior analysis has much more to offer the struggle to reduce human suffering than is widely recognized. This book gathers together for the first time experts from a variety of fields who provide both analyses and strategies for solving some of today's most intractable social problems, including

  • racism
  • interpersonal violence
  • sexism
  • educational crises
  • workplace productivity
  • child abuse
  • teen pregnancy
  • sexual assault
  • psychosis
  • sexual isolation
  • drug abuse
Table of Contents




I. Behavioral Theories of Change

  1. Public Issues, Human Behavior, and Cultural Design
    —Mark A. Mattaini
  2. Behavior Analysis and Social Welfare Policy
    —Bruce A. Thyer
  3. The Ethics of Helping People
    —B. F. Skinner

II. Change in the Community

  1. Youth Violence
    —Mark A Mattaini, Janet S. Twyman, Wendy Chin, and Kyung Nam Lee
  2. The Education Crisis
    —R. Douglas Greer
  3. Racism
    —Harold E. Briggs and Robert I. Paulson
  4. Productivity in the Workplace
    —Jon S. Bailey and John Austin
  5. Sexism
    —Patricia M. Daly

III. Change in Private Relationships

  1. Child Maltreatment
    —Mark A. Mattaini, Brenda G. McGowan, and Gladys Williams
  2. Teenage Sexuality
    —Steven P. Schinke, Mary Ann Forgey, and Mario Orlandi
  3. Sexual Coercion
    —Anthony Biglan

VI. Change for Individuals

  1. Psychosis
    —Stephen E. Wong
  2. Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Social Anxiety
    —Eileen Gambrill
  3. Drug Abuse
    —Carl G. Leukefeld, Thomas W. Miller, and Lon Hays
  4. "Acting to Save the World": The Elements of Action
    —Mark A. Mattaini


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Mark A. Mattaini, DSW, ACSW, is associate professor, Columbia University School of Social Work; chair, Walden Fellowship, Inc.; and director, Musher Seminar Series on Science and Human Behavior. He has authored or edited five books and numerous articles and chapters dealing with applications of the science of behavior to serious social problems including youth violence and child maltreatment. His current research focuses on cultural design, the scientific construction of interlocking networks of reinforcement for positive community practices incompatible with violence and coercion.

Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Social Work and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, and as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and health behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Thyer is a past Secretary-Treasurer of APA Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) and is a fellow of Divisions 12 (Clinical) and 25. He has written over 150 journal articles, 30 book chapters, and authored or edited 10 professional books.

Dr. Thyer's major professional interest concerns the application of behavior analysis to the resolution of social and interpersonal problems.