Outcome studies have shown that treatment does not work if administered too late. Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Delinquency presents the newest research on the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs with children, from birth to adolescence. The contributors to this volume examine the theory and practice of leading programs designed to prevent social and behavioral problems–including violence and substance abuse–in children and adolescents. The innovative programs analyzed here focus on social skills training for children with conduct disorders, anger coping group work for aggressive children, parent training programs, life skills training for substance abuse prevention, and programs for high-risk youth and rural populations. All designed to intervene before the onset of disorders or to deal effectively with problems when they first appear, many of the programs also emphasize strengthening family, school, and community involvement for successful risk reduction. Clinical psychologists and human services professionals who work with children and youths will find Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Delinquency illuminating. This book also will be of interest to policy makers who are looking for more effective and efficient interventions to child and adolescent problems.
Chapter 11: The Strengthening Families Program for the Prevention of Delinquency and Drug Use
The Strengthening Families Program for the Prevention of Delinquency and Drug Use
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 ...