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 9: Preventive Interventions for High-Risk Youth: The Adolescent Transitions Program

Preventive Interventions for High-Risk Youth: The Adolescent Transitions Program

Preventive interventions for high-risk youth: The adolescent transitions program
ThomasJ.Dishion
DavidW.Andrews
KateKavanagh
LawrenceH.Soberman

Problem behavior in children is not a disease that can be cured with one treatment; it is highly situational, ebbing and flowing as a function of context and development (Dishion, French, & Patterson, 1995). It is becoming increasingly clear that a dental model of prevention may be most helpful as a guiding metaphor for preventing child and adolescent problem behavior. Just as preventive interventions for tooth decay are needed throughout the life span, preventive interventions for problem behavior are needed throughout childhood (ages 0–18). As in a dental model, prevention is necessarily individualized and may consist of both treatment and prevention depending on the vulnerabilities and protective ...

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