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.

Basic Tenets of Prevention

Basic tenets of prevention

Chapter Overview

  • Some Important Historical Influences
  • Learning Exercise 2.1. The Broad Street Pump and Prevention
  • Basic Tenets of Prevention
  • Learning Exercise 2.2. Presentation: The Basic Tenets of Prevention
  • Best Practice Prevention Guidelines
  • Preventive Programming: Intentional and Natural
  • Learning Exercise 2.3. Your Prevention Services Interview
  • Summary

Every Saturday … a bunch of well intentioned do-gooders line up in front of my house to give away food. And it drives me crazy. (Wessels, 2008, p. 5)

The quotation above refers to volunteers from a suburban church who hand out food every Saturday in an inner-city neighborhood to those who need it. Are prevention goals served when food is given charitably and freely to people who are homeless? The answer depends on how one views prevention. Wessels suggests the answer is ...

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