Prevention Science


Prevention Science

The study and practice of Prevention Science within Community Psychology seeks to promote good mental, physical, and spiritual health. Prevention scientists use the community context to understand and reduce morbidity and mortality of preventable illness.

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Principles-Focused Evaluation: Collaborating for Equity and Justice

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science
Incorporating a Principles-Focused Evaluation approach maintains focus on the shared values held throughout the community. Learn how to use a Principles-Focused Evaluation approach for evaluating collaborative work toward equity and justice.

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Engaging Stakeholders about the “Wicked Problem” of Educational–Behavioral Health Disparities

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Many important societal problems can be defined as “wicked” because they have multiple, complex causes, impact individuals in different ways, and do not lend themselves to simple solutions. Researchers should seek to collaborate with the individuals most affected by the topic under study so that any (partial) solutions to identified problems can be informed by […]

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Learn from Our Mistakes: Challenges and Opportunities in Randomized Housing-First Communities

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Prevention Science
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Buy-in and trust with organization- and policy-level stakeholders is crucial. Tensions between organizational culture and the research protocol should be addressed, such as reluctance to support a randomized design.

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Community-Based Participatory Research is Authentic and Actionable

Posted in: Coalition Building, Prevention Science
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Consumers collaborate with researchers in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) to create data that is authentic, useful, and can directly impact service delivery systems. The process is time intensive and can be challenging. Including consumer researchers as partners is essential to understand the experience of receiving services and the impact of those services when considering improvements.

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Evaluation Consultants Get the Job Done Right for Community Interventions

Posted in: Coalition Building, Prevention Science
Consultants can assist communities to design, implement, and evaluate effective interventions. Evaluation consultants with a Community Psychology perspective are particularly valuable as the values of the field align with what many communities need.

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What is Trauma-Informed Care: An Example

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Prevention Science, Public Policy
Childhood trauma and adversity are associated with chronic health and behavioral health problems. In a systems-wide approach to trauma, all individuals within the organization play a role in helping treat a child.

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Faith and Black Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science
Religion and religious institutions provide a wide range of resources including support to reduce sexual risk behavior.

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A Framework to Build Resilience

Posted in: Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Prevention Science
The Community Resilience Framework is a starting point for systemic assessment of resilience building efforts at the community level.

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“Am I Doing This Right?”: Helping Housing First Clients Navigate Difficulties Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research

Posted in: Housing, Prevention Science
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Community-based participatory research and community psychology share similar values and goals to benefit to marginalized communities. CBPR is becoming increasingly common in community psychology research.

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How Universal Approaches Can Maximize Prevention Efforts

Posted in: Prevention Science, Public Policy
Universal services prevent stigma, normalize help seeking, and often have higher rates of service acceptance.

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