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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

Early Intervention for High-Risk Families: Reflecting on a 20-Year-Old Model
Early intervention for high-risk families: Reflecting on a 20-year-old model
Grace-Ann CarusoWhitney

In this chapter, I will discuss the practical importance and theoretical significance of early intervention. I will use the term early intervention to include a variety of supportive services to young families including home visits, infant stimulation and child care instruction, resource information, and tangible aid to families determined by using broadly defining criteria of need to be at risk. In particular, I will describe in detail the Optimum Growth Project, an early intervention program that operated from 1977 through 1986, serving young families in southern Palm Beach County, Florida. Optimum Growth was funded by the State of Florida Mental Health Program Office and was ...

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