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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

Primary Mental Health Project
Primary mental health project
A. DirkHightower

The Primary Mental Health Project (PMHP) is a program for the early detection and prevention of school adjustment problems. Such problems are widespread. Consistently national surveys have shown that 20% to 25% of American school children experience moderate to severe school adjustment problems (Namir & Weinstein, 1982). In some urban areas, the figure is almost three times that high (Kellam, Branch, Agrawal, & Ensminger, 1975; Meller, LaBoy, Rothwax, Fritton, & Mangual, 1994). The problems of 1 in 10 children are believed to be serious enough to require immediate professional help. Children who fail to profit from the school experience are often at high risk for developing major mental disorders and many become chronic burdens to society (Mrazek ...

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