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“Despite, or perhaps because of, its brevity (98 pages plus references) this is a very useful compendium of programmes proven to be effective. I commend it to all those who wish to move away from the individual case referral.” --Ewen Rennie in BPS Division of Educational & Clinical

Basic Concepts and Approaches
Basic concepts and approaches
The Need for Prevention

There are several rationales for prevention, but a primary one is that our current mental health system is not reaching most children and adolescents who need help. Although improvements in therapeutic services can be made, it is unlikely that there will ever be sufficient resources within the mental health field to satisfy the need and demand for services.

For example, up to 30% of children display some form of behavioral or social maladjustment at some time during their school careers (Glidewell & Swallow, 1969). Problems are not serious or chronic for about half of these children, although their difficulties may affect their academic and social development. Between 10% and 12% of children experience moderately serious clinical ...

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