Behavior Modification and Black Populations

  • Samuel M. Turner


Over the past decade, behavior modification has gained widespread acceptability and respectability, both as a theoretical approach to understanding various aspects of pathological behavior and as a system of therapy. But the influence of behavioral theory has not been limited strictly to pathological behavior in the clinical arena. Behaviorists have applied their technology in a wide variety of areas including the improvement of health habits (Matarazzo, 1980), education (Semb, 1972), the environment (Witmer & Geller, 1976), economics (Agras, Jacob, & Lebedeck, 1980), communities (Liberman & Bryan, 1977), and even problems of race relations (Jones & Haney, 1981; Williams, Cromier, Sapp, & Andrews, 1971). With such widespread applicability in helping to resolve human problems, behavioral theory and practice has established itself as a useful way of conceptualizing and changing behavior on an individual, group or system-wide basis. Thus, behavior modification has proved more than a passing fad as predicted by some and is not dead as lamented by others (Krasner, 1976).


Behavior Modification Classical Conditioning Operant Conditioning Black Community Black Population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel M. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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