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

Operationalizing Albee's Incidence Formula

Operationalizing Albee's Incidence Formula

Operationalizing albee's incidence formula
Thomas P.Gullotta

Between the absolutes of birth and death, human behavior occurs in a countless variety of forms. Some behaviors are considered functional, whereas others are considered dysfunctional. In the world of Western medicine where all health problems have specific causes and sets of symptoms, illness has biogenic roots. Operating from this premise, many within the medical community in the late 19th century searched for germs in a futile attempt to find an explanation for dysfunctional behavior. This exploration was replaced in the 20th century by a search for viruses, chemical imbalances, and presently, for genes, which many psychiatrists argue are responsible for dysfunctional behavior. The problem is that the majority of emotional problems are not diseases that can ...

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