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

Epilogue: Reframing Prevention Advocacy and Looking Ahead

Epilogue: Reframing Prevention Advocacy and Looking Ahead

Epilogue: Reframing prevention advocacy and looking ahead
Michael M.Faenza, Sandra J.Mcelhaney

Primary prevention advocates and their allies in the “prevention movement” have had a very sobering and difficult experience over the last three decades of working within the context of America's community mental health movement. As students of the fledging prevention movement in mental health in the 1970s, the authors were among the mental health professionals in the United States who agreed that prevention was “an idea whose time had come” (Klein & Goldston, 1977). But as our country continued to struggle with the vastly complex issues of mental health, mental illness, and social class, we witnessed the failure to make good on the promise of primary prevention. This unfortunate ...

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