• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 21st August, 2009

Blueprints for Violence Prevention 2008

Blueprints for Violence Prevention is a database of prevention programs that meet the most stringent standards of effectiveness. Reporting from the initiative's biennial conference in Colorado, we look at a selection of the proven programs and talk to the project director, Delbert Elliott.

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 21st March, 2008

Knowing what works isn't altogether working

The creator of the standard-setting Blueprints program told his Colorado conference audience, this week, that after a decade of meticulous evidence gathering, it was sobering that the US should have spent over $40bn on largely useless drug interventions but still have recoiled from the prospect of investing $550m in putting Life Skills Training into every school.Professor Del Elliott was reviewing…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 19th March, 2008

Who needs drugs when you can binge on life skills?

In some countries it’s the drink. In others it’s the drugs. In Spain spring has become the season of the Botellon (the “Big Bottle”), even of the macrobottelon, when young people meet in the open and binge-drink away the night of the vernal equinox. In the US, in Denver at least, it’s time to worry about the damage drink, drugs and both together are doing to young people the world over.N…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 18th March, 2008

Getting moribund welfare systems out of jail the Oregon way

Talk of prevention as it relates to the well-being of children tends towards the importance of the early years and the hope of “getting in” before any problem has arisen. But what about children who are already in trouble, who are experiencing poor mental health or at risk of a life in and out of custody. What can prevention do for them?One of the pitifully few shining examples of prevention i…

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