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 4: Social Skills Training in the Fast Track Program1
Social Skills Training in the Fast Track Program1
The Fast Track Program is a multisite prevention research project involved in the development and evaluation of a comprehensive, multicomponent preventive intervention. Key program goals include promoting the competencies of children at risk for conduct disorders (Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group [CPPRG], 1992). The program involves a series of controlled field trials currently under way in four areas of the United States that were selected to represent a range of geographical areas and demographic characteristics—rural Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; Durham, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee.[Page 66]
At each of these sites, three cohorts of children have been identified as at risk for the development of conduct disorders based ...