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

High/Scope Perry Preschool Program

High/Scope Perry Preschool Program

High/scope perry preschool program
David P.Weikart, Lawrence J.Schweinhart

The public spirit that led to the civil rights movement and other major social changes of the late 1950s and early 1960s—school integration, voting rights, open housing, and ultimately the War on Poverty—also inspired people working in many smaller yet significant projects. For example, in 1960, because they were concerned about the persistently poor high school performance of their students from low-income neighborhoods, a group of public school principals and special services staff in Ypsilanti, Michigan, led by David P. Weikart, developed a plan for intervention. Thus, at a time when many were searching for action solutions to intractable problems, the study that was to be known as the High/Scope Perry Preschool Project was born. ...

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