Mental disorders cost the United States over $72 billion for treatment, related support and lost productivity each year - yet funding for prevention of such disorders has been inconsistent due, partly, to lack of confidence in the effectiveness of specific prevention programmes. This book highlights some of the most effective prevention programmes and offers a common set of principles to reduce maladaptive behaviour. Following an overview of United States prevention history and a description of how to operationalize George Albee's incidence formula, contributors then focus on: programmes that increase parent-child interaction and parenting ability; preschool programmes, such as those which use parents as teachers, others wh

Primary Prevention's Evolution

Primary prevention's evolution
George W.Albee, Thomas P.Gullotta

A Historical Perspective

Remarkable changes in understanding and significant progress in interventions with people with mental and emotional disorders have occurred in the second half of the 20th century. What were the origins of these soon-to-be sweeping changes in mental health service delivery systems? As with most change, it was not some dramatic revelation but a routine Armed Forces screening procedure that detected unexpectedly high rates of mental (and physical) problems afflicting young potential American draftees. After the Second World War and later the Korean Conflict, providing treatment for veterans in government-funded Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics overtaxed the resources of available professional mental health service providers, contributing from the late 1940s to the 1960s to an active, ...

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