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.

Criteria for Determining a Prevention Program

Criteria for determining a prevention program

Chapter Overview

  • Broad Criteria for Determining Prevention Programs
  • Research and Evaluation: “The Proof Is in the Prevention”
  • A Checklist of Criteria for Evaluating Prevention Programs
  • Learning Exercise 3.1. Applying Prevention Criteria to a Model Program
  • Hey! We Can't Do Everything: The Ethic and Importance of Collaboration
  • Learning Exercise 3.2. Forming a Collaboration
  • Summary

In this chapter we will focus on criteria for determining a prevention program. Criteria assist in knowing what prevention is and what it is not. These criteria, then, can help guide both program development and program evaluation. When I work with students or trainees in prevention, we spend a lot of time becoming familiar with criteria and then applying them against prevention programs that have been evaluated as “excellent.” ...

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