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Primary Prevention Works



December 1996 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"I commend this book to you and urge you not only to read about the excellent programs contained herein but also to work to bring these and other high quality prevention programs into your community. Share this information with your elected officials, business leaders, parent groups, and anyone who holds a stake in your community's well-being. With so many pressing problems confronting children and families in America, we must act now to begin to reduce the tragedy of needlessly wasted lives." --from the Preface by Rosalynn Carter Although mental disorders cost our nation $72.7 billion each year in treatment, related support, and lost productivity, the funding for prevention of mental disorders has been inconsistent, due in some part to a lack of confidence regarding the effectiveness of specific prevention programs. This book highlights some of the most effective prevention programs in the United States and offers readers a common set of principles to reduce maladaptive behavior in ourselves, our children, and society. Divided into five parts, the book begins with an overview of prevention history in this country and next shows ways to operationalize George W. Albee's incidence formula. Part 2 focuses on successful programs that increase parent-child interaction and parenting ability. Part 3 explores preschool programs, some of which use parents as teachers, others of which describe quality child care programming and programs that develop problem-solving abilities in early childhood. Part 4 examines school-age programs ranging from interventions in school settings to developing social competency and job readiness. And, Part 5 focuses on prevention interventions in adulthood, specifically unemployment and depression. With contributions form the leading researchers in the prevention field, this book provides readers with the best information available about effective prevention programs and the knowledge to develop these preventive services at both state and local community levels. Primary Prevention Works will be of interest to policymakers and to researchers and practitioners in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, family studies, social work, counseling, human services, nursing, and public health.

Rosalynn Carter
Preface
The Importance of Prevention

 
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION
George W Albee and Thomas P Gullotta
Primary Prevention's Evolution
Thomas P Gullotta
Operationalizing Albee's Incidence Formula
 
PART TWO: INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAMS
David Olds
The Prenatal/Early Infancy Project
Fifteen Years Later

 
Grace-Ann Caruso Whitney
Early Intervention for High-Risk Families
Reflecting on a 20-Year-Old Model

 
Elsie R Broussard
Infant-Family Resource Program
 
PART THREE: PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Mildred M Winter and Danica S McDonald
Parents as Teachers
Investing in Good Beginnings for Children

 
David P Weikart and Lawrence J Schweinhart
High/Scope Perry Preschool Program
Myrna B Shure
Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving
Primary Prevention of Early High-Risk Behaviors in the Preschool and Primary Years

 
 
PART FOUR: SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS
A Dirk Hightower
Primary Mental Health Project
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
The Children of Divorce Intervention Program
Fostering Resilient Outcomes for School-Aged Children

 
Linda Bruene-Butler et al
Improving Social Awareness-Social Problem Solving Project
Roger P Weissberg, Heather A Barton and Timothy P Shriver
The Social-Competence Promotion Program for Young Adolescents
Steve J Danish
Going for the Goal
A Life Skills Program for Adolescents

 
Laurie J Bauman et al
Teen Education and Employment Network
 
PART FIVE: ADULT PROGRAMS
Robert D Caplan, Amiram D Vinokur and Richard H Price
From Job Loss to Reemployment
Field Experiments in Prevention-Focused Coping

 
Ricardo F Muñoz
The San Francisco Depression Prevention Research Project
Michael M Faenza and Sandra J McElhaney
Epilogue
Reframing Prevention Advocacy and Looking Ahead

 

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