Prevention of mental disorders and promotion of competence

Mark T. Greenberg, Nathaniel R. Riggs

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This chapter covers prevention of mental disorders and promotion of social and emotional competence in children by focusing on universal and selective prevention. Research primarily in high-income countries demonstrates that major mental health problems (conduct problems, depression, anxiety, and response to traumatic events) can be reduced through population level preventive interventions and programs that selectively intervene with children already at risk due to early behavioral risk and experience/context. The expansion and broad use of prevention in mental health and educational systems will require changes in policy and practice as well as further demonstrations of cost-effectiveness. The chapter concludes with recommendations to deal with global challenges faced by research and practice in implementing effective preventive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationSixth Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118381953
ISBN (Print)9781118381960
StatePublished - Jul 13 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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