• By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Wednesday 21st August, 2013

Mean toddlers make antisocial teens

A little girl scrapes her knee. Crying follows. A little boy laughs at the girl. A decade later, antisocial behavior follows. An exaggeration? Or could the link be true?It’s not a trivial question. It is estimated that antisocial behaviors cost American society over a trillion dollars each year. Understanding why some people engage in such behavior is critical to preventing such costly consequen…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 12th August, 2013

Scale of the challenge

All inventors are faced with the same dilemma at some point. When you have proved that a new innovation works, what do you do next: come up with something new, tweak your product endlessly in a search for perfection, or attempt to get it up and running in as many places as possible? In this respect, prevention science is no different and those who have proved a new intervention or program wor…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Tuesday 06th August, 2013

Is changing parent’s behavior enough?

Parenting interventions often seek to prevent children’s behavior problems by improving the way parents discipline their children and communicate with them. But what conclusions should be drawn when research finds that a program’s positive effects on parents are not matched by improvements in the way their children behave? The question is raised by an evaluation of the Parents and Children Tal…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Thursday 01st August, 2013

Care homes for children: from last resort to second best?

Caring for children and young people in group homes and other institutions tends to be treated as a last resort. But a new review of studies from the past 30 years partly challenges this view by showing that residential care can achieve positive outcomes by providing evidence-based treatments.Carried out by a team from the Netherlands, it concludes that institutional care can be as effective as no…

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