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 13: Illustrating a Framework for Rural Prevention Research: Project Family Studies of Rural Family Participation and Outcomes

Illustrating a Framework for Rural Prevention Research: Project Family Studies of Rural Family Participation and Outcomes

Illustrating a framework for rural prevention research: Project family studies of rural family participation and outcomes
RichardSpoth
CleveRedmond

A recent report on the prevention of mental disorders by the Institute of Medicine ([IOM], 1994) provides a framework for preventive intervention research that can be productively applied to rural populations. The “preventive intervention research cycle” presented by the IOM (pp. 359–414) articulates five phases of research. In summary form, these phases are (a) identifying the problem and determining its distribution in the target population; (b) reviewing relevant etiological data on risk and protective factors; (c) conducting pilot, confirmatory, and replication studies of the intervention; (d) conducting large-scale field studies of the intervention's ...

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