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Karol L. Kumpfer, Virginia Molgaard & Richard Spoth

In: Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Delinquency

Chapter 11: The Strengthening Families Program for the Prevention of Delinquency and Drug Use

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The Strengthening Families Program for the Prevention of Delinquency and Drug Use
The strengthening families program for the prevention of delinquency and drug use
KarolL.Kumpfer
VirginiaMolgaard
RichardSpoth

Providing the support that families need to raise well-adjusted children is becoming increasingly important because of escalating rates of juvenile crime, drug abuse, and child abuse. One type of family support currently gaining in popularity is structured interventions for high-risk families, such as parent training and family skills training. According to the prevention classification scheme of universal, selective, and indicated prevention interventions (Gordon, 1987; Mrazek & Haggerty, 1994), the family interventions addressed in this chapter would primarily be classified as “selective” interventions. Selective prevention interventions target high-risk individuals or subgroups as opposed to “universal” prevention interventions, which target all members of an ...

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