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.

Analyzing and Learning from Prevention Programs

Analyzing and learning from prevention programs

Chapter Overview

  • Purposes of This Final Chapter
  • Evidence-Based Prevention Programs Are Lacking at College and University Level
  • Examining a Model Prevention Program: The Midwestern Prevention Project
  • Learning Exercise 10.1. Assessing Your Understanding of the Prevention Program Development and Evaluation Approach
  • Turning to Campus Interpersonal Violence Prevention
  • Learning Exercise 10.2. Planning a Prevention Program to Reduce Interpersonal Violence
  • What Might Be Done?
  • Analyze Three Program Examples of College Interpersonal Violence Prevention
  • Summary

Purposes of This Final Chapter

The purposes of this final chapter are to give practical attention to innovative programs in campus interpersonal violence prevention (that have yet to demonstrate empirical support) and to give you opportunities to analyze prevention programs for their inclusion of important prevention components. As I have found through years of ...

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