ERIC Number: EJ893089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Disseminating Effective Community Prevention Practices: Opportunities for Social Work Education
Hawkins, J. David; Shapiro, Valerie B.; Fagan, Abigail A.
Research on Social Work Practice, v20 n5 p518-527 Sep 2010
In the United States, about 17% of adolescents meet diagnostic criteria for mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) disorders. Six million young people receive treatment services annually for mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. These problems affect one in five families and cost $247 million annually. Some strategies for preventing MEB disorders in young people have been developed, tested, and found to be effective in preventing the onset, persistence, and severity of psychological disorders, drug abuse, and delinquency. Unfortunately, tested and effective prevention policies, programs, and practices are not widely used. This article highlights recent advances in prevention science and describes some opportunities and challenges in advancing the use of science-based prevention in communities. The chapter concludes by exploring the potential role of social work education in developing a workforce ready to increase community access to effective prevention strategies.
Descriptors: Prevention, Adolescents, Social Work, Change Strategies, Caseworker Approach, Community Services, Caregiver Training, Educational Opportunities, Labor Force Development, Knowledge Management, Stakeholders, Early Intervention, Community Organizations, Barriers
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