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Prevention Science

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Background Information

Prevention Science is the systematic study of efforts to reduce the incidence of maladaptive behavior and to promote adaptive behavior in populations across the life course through designing and evaluating interventions, and utilizing knowledge about them. The fundamental assumption of this training program is that future scholars and practitioners will be most able to meet the challenges occurring in society and in the professions and disciplines if their training is comprehensive and cross-disciplinary.

We recommend these sources for understanding Prevention Science:

Coie, J. D., Watt, N. F., West, S. G., Hawkins, J. D., Asarnow, J. R., Markman, H. J., Ramey, S. L., Shure, M. B., & Long, B. (1993). The science of prevention: A conceptual framework and some directions for a national research agenda. American Psychologist, 48, 1013-1022.

Kratochwill, T. R., Albers, C. A., & Shernoff, E. S. (2004). School-based interventions. Child And Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 13, 885-903.

Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary Magic: Resilience Processes in Development. American Psychologist, 56, 227-238.

Mihalic, S., Irwin, K., Fagan, A., Ballard, D., & Elliott, D. (2004). Successful program implementation: Lessons from blueprints. Juvenile Justice Bullentin, July, 1-11

Mrazek, P. J., & Haggerty, R. J. (Eds.) (1994). Reducing risks for mental disorders: Frontiers for preventive intervention research . (Report of the a study committee of the Institute of Medicine, Division of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders, National Academy Press, available at http://www.nap.edu).

Reiss, D., & Price, R. H. (1996). National research agenda for prevention research.American Psychologist, 51, 1109 -1115.

Tolan, P. H, & Dodge, K. A. (2005). Children’s mental health as a primary care and concern. American Psychologist, 60, 601-614.

Weissberg, R. P., Kumpfer, K. L., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2003) Prevention that works for children and youth. American Psychologist, 58, 425-432.

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