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

Infant-Family Resource Program

Infant-Family Resource Program

Infant-family resource program
Elsie R.Broussard

The magnitude of psychosocial disorder and the resultant disruption to family life and cost to industry has been well documented (Anderson, Williams, McGee & Silva, 1987; Leighton et al., 1963; Maier, Lichtermann, Klinger, Heun, & Hallmayer 1992; Regier et al., 1988; Zimmerman & Coryell, 1989). About 5 million Americans experience severe mental disorders in a 1-year period. The estimated cost of treatment is 20 billion annually, with an additional 7 billion in nursing home costs (Health Care Reform, 1993). It is incumbent on us to seek ways to reduce the magnitude of the problems.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The author wishes to express her appreciation to the following individuals who were involved in various aspects of the interventions: Evelyn Atreya, Marilyn Bushey, ...

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