There is more to the international transfer of prevention programs than just hitting the “copy and paste” buttons. The introduction of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program to Ireland offers insights into how to succeed.
targeted interventions are designed exclusive for the at-risk sector of the population. Targeted approaches to prevention and early intervention can be divided into indicated and selective programs.
Indicated prevention interventions are targeted at individuals already displaying early signs of a problem or disorder.
Selective prevention programs, on the other hand, are targeted at individuals considered to be at high risk of developing a specific problem or disorder.
Targeted interventions are the opposite of universal interventions, which are intended for all individuals in a population, regardless of their level of risk.
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Few people working with children will have heard the term “prevention scientist,” let alone know what one is or does. Yet this relatively new breed of researcher is behind the growing list of evidence-based programs being promoted in western developed countries. A new publication puts them under the microscope.
Crime and antisocial behavior prevention efforts have flourished over the last 10 years in the US. This progress can and should be used to help communities improve the life chances of their young people, a recent update urges.
Given the well-known barriers to implementing evidence-based programs, is it better to identify their discrete elements and trust practitioners to combine them in tailored packages depending on the needs of the child and family in question?