The Behavioral-Societal Approach to Social Problems

John H. Kunkel


The analysis and solution of social problems, more than any other area, requires the co-operative efforts of researchers from several disciplines. Indeed, to the extent that sociologists and psychologists persist in following their parochial ways, we will learn little about the nature and causes of social problems, and policies and programs are likely to fail. In this paper I sketch the present state of affairs regarding social problems and outline the ways in which co-operative efforts will help us overcome the many difficulties researchers and program designers face today.

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