Developmental Approaches to Prevention and Intervention by Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth

By Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth

This quantity attains a primary aim of the sector of Developmental Psychopathology, that of facilitating the together enriching interaction among examine and perform. An eminent team of theoreticians, researchers, and clinicians, a lot of whom span all 3 components of their expert targets, convey their wisdom to endure on features of prevention and intervention. individuals talk about concerns confronting these invested in fighting or ameliorating psychopathology and describe leading edge courses which were built to illustrate the effectiveness of assorted healing innovations for addressing concerns resembling realization Deficit Hyperactivity affliction, parenting in substance abusers, attachment relationships among foster mom and dad and babies of their care, preventive interventions for kids with depressed mom and dad, and school-based preventive interventions. execs invested in constructing and comparing prevention and intervention courses, these supplying remedy, and people selection makers who have to confirm which prone are optimal and, thereby, warrant investment, will all locate this quantity to be beneficial.

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Institute of Medicine (1994). Reducing risks for mental disorders: Frontiers for preventive intervention research. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. Page xiii Kellam, S. , & Rebok, G. W. (1992). Building developmental and etiological theory through epidemiologically based preventive intervention trials. In J. McCord & R. E. ), Preventing antisocial behavior: Interventions from birth through adolescence (pp. 162195). New York: Guilford Press. Koretz, D. (1991). Prevention-centered science in mental health.

In stating that "the goal of prevention science is to prevent or moderate major human dysfunctions," the Task Panel again highlighted a disease-prevention focus and the need to target primary prevention efforts to those at risk for the serious maladaptive outcomes we hope to avert. Today, this way of thinking appears to be a prime shaping influence with regard to primary prevention's future goals and directions. The current dominance of a disease prevention notion of primary prevention was recently reflected in a special number (SN) of the American Psychologist (11/96) entitled "The Prevention of Mental Disorders: A National Agenda," built around the Report of the NIMH Prevention Research Steering Committee (1994).

My expectation that the two reviews would cover much the same terrain was not confirmed. That guess did not pay enough attention to how, specifically, the two sources viewed and defined the booming, buzzing world of primary prevention. " Was that just a minor instance of fuzzy semantics, or was there more to it than that? Because the genus "sound research study in primary prevention in mental health" seemed to me to be finite, I judged the acid test to reside in the literal overlap between Durlak and Wells' 209 and the IOM's 223 citations, both presumably reflecting the "cream-of-the-crop" in primary prevention program evaluation research.

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