• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 12th August, 2009

Society for Prevention Research 2009

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2008

Celebrate the future - but mind that next corner!

The Society for Prevention Research gave center-stage to the long view of its President, Zili Sloboda, yesterday, one of the handful who launched the Society in 1991 and so in an unbeatable position to make shrewd observations about the development of prevention during the last half century – and to read the signs on the trail ahead.Better evidence on potential causal pathways, more effective pr…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 28th May, 2009

"If the one you’re with hits you twice, you oughta ditch ‘em"

Challenge conventional wisdom with empirical evidence about what really happens in families, and researchers and prevention scientists interested in the problem of domestic violence risk becoming the butt of aggression, if not violence, themselves. Sociologist Murray Straus, for example, who has devoted three decades of his life to analyzing and preventing violence in families, has been shouted of…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 02nd June, 2009

The alcohol’s a reality - but so are the saved lives

The Amethyst of Greek myth would probably be asked for her ID if she tried to get a drink in the United States today, and the age law would rule out any need to turn her to quartz to protect her. It remains a curiosity of US culture that a young person can get a license for a hunting gun at 12, can die for her country at 18 but cannot legally buy alcohol under the age of 21.John McCardell wants to…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Monday 01st June, 2009

Abracadabra - Woolf knows where you live

What if everyone in the United States had a life expectancy to match that of the country’s suburban population? Or what would be the result of allowing African Americans and whites the same lifespan? These so called “magic wand” conjectures featured strongly in epidemiologist Steven Woolf’s presentation to the Society for Prevention Research. The answer to both of his “what if” questio…

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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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