ERIC Number: ED464464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Effectiveness of Prevention Programs for Mental Disorders in School-Age Children.
Greenberg, Mark T.; Domitrovich, Celene; Bumbarger, Brian
A study reviewed outcomes of 34 prevention programs for children (ages 5-18) that produce improvements in specific psychological symptoms or in factors directly associated with increased risk for child mental disorders. The following conclusions can be made regarding validated programs: (1) short-term preventive interventions produce time-limited benefits, at best, with at-risk groups whereas multi-year programs are more likely to foster enduring benefits; (2) preventive interventions may effectively operate throughout childhood when developmentally appropriate risk and protective factors are targeted; (3) preventive interventions are best directed at at-risk and protective factors rather than at categorical problem behaviors; (4) interventions should be aimed at multiple domains, changing institutions and environments as well as individuals; (5) prevention programs that focus independently on the child are not as effective as those that simultaneously educate the child and instill positive changes across both the school and home environments; (6) there is no single program component that can prevent multiple high-risk behaviors, a package of coordinated, collaborative strategies and programs is required; and (7) in order to link to other community care systems and create sustainability for prevention, programs will need to be integrated with systems of treatment. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Services, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Outcomes of Treatment, Performance Factors, Prevention, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Validity
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/ conference_proceedings.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (13th, Tampa, FL, March 5-8, 2000).