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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

The Prenatal/Early Infancy Project: Fifteen Years Later
The prenatal/early infancy project: Fifteen years later
DavidOlds

Many of the most pervasive, intractable, and costly problems faced by young children and parents in our society today are a consequence of adverse maternal health-related behaviors such as cigarette smoking, drinking, and drug use during pregnancy, dysfunctional infant caregiving, and stressful environmental conditions that interfere with parental and family functioning. These problems include infant mortality, preterm delivery, and low birth weight; child abuse and neglect; childhood injuries; youth violence; closely spaced pregnancy; and thwarted economic self-sufficiency on the part of parents. Standard indicators of child health and well-being indicate that many children in our society are suffering.

  • Nine infants out of every thousand in the United States die before their first birthday. ...
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