Yale Conference on Behavioral Medicine: A proposed definition and statement of goals

Gary E. Schwartz, Stephen M. Weiss

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The Yale Conference on Behavioral Medicine brought a diverse group of behavioral and biomedical scientists together for the purpose of arriving at an interdisciplinary yet consensual definition, statement of goals, and set of recommendations regarding the emerging field of behavioral medicine. It was proposed that behavioral medicine be defined as "the field concerned with the development of behavioral science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of physical health and illness and the application of this knowledge and techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Psychosis, neurosis, and substance abuse are included only insofar as they contribute to physical disorders as an end point." The rationale behind this definition and proposals for future developments in the field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1978


  • Yale Conference
  • behavioral medicine
  • integration
  • interdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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