The use of seatbelts, the requirements for smoke detectors, and other kinds of public health interventions have been highly successful in reducing disability, injuries, and premature mortality. Prevention in mental health—identifying and treating mental illnesses before they become full blown syndromes or identifying people at risk for a condition—is just as critical to public mental health. This research-based resource gives practitioners a nuts-and-bolts guide to designing and evaluating prevention programs in mental health that are culturally relevant and aimed at reducing the number of new problems that occur.

Key Features

Employs a 10-step prevention program development and evaluation model that emphasizes the concepts of community, collaboration, and cultural relevance; Offers a brief, practical, how-to approach that is based on rigorous research; Identifies specific prevention program development and evaluation steps; Highlights examples of “everyday prevention” practices as well as concrete prevention programs that have proven, effective implementation; Promotes hands-on learning with practical exercises, instructive figures, and a comprehensive reference list

Intended Audience

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Prevention Program Development and Evaluation can be used as a core text in undergraduate courses devoted to prevention or in graduate programs aimed at practice issues. Current practitioners or policymakers interested in designing prevention programs will find this book to be an affable guide.

Prevention in Everyday Life

Prevention in everyday life

Chapter Overview

  • The Basic Logic of Prevention
  • Everyday Prevention: We Always Knew That Mom Was (Almost Always) Right
  • Prevention Is in the News and All Around Us
  • Learning Exercise 1.1. Finding Everyday Prevention in Your World
  • Prevention in the Helping Fields
  • Summary

The Basic Logic of Prevention

As a teenager I used to watch a weekly television show called “The Naked City.” Every show concluded with the same voiceover: “There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them” (Tatara, 2008).

I thought of that tagline when considering prevention because it seems that there are at least 8 million physical health, mental health, and education problems—in the naked city, or otherwise—that press upon all of us. Of course, we cannot correct all ...

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