1st Edition

Family-Based Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents
Theory, Research, and Large-Scale Dissemination

ISBN 9781848724853
Published August 11, 2015 by Psychology Press
336 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

In addition to introducing readers to the field of family-based prevention science, Family-Based Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents highlights the distinctive contributions of a set of exemplary programs in terms of their foundational theory, design, delivery mechanisms, performance, and unique opportunities for future research. It is organized into three sections to orient readers to: the existence of different types of family-based programs targeting families with children of different ages; the strategies and challenges that arise when attempting large-scale dissemination of prevention programs; and, the emerging innovations that promise to push the field forward into uncharted territories. Each chapter is written by a preeminent program developer, including:

  • Gene H. Brody
  • Richard F. Catalano
  • Patricia Chamberlain
  • Thomas J. Dishion
  • Marion S. Forgatch
  • Kevin P. Haggerty
  • Cleve Redmond
  • Matthew R. Sanders
  • Richard L. Spoth
  • Carolyn Webster-Stratton

Contributors review the state of the research and then provide a summary of their own program, including research and dissemination efforts. They also discuss take-home lessons for practitioners and policymakers, and provide their view of the future of program development and research in their area. As an important signpost signifying the noteworthy achievements of the field to date, as well as an arrow pointing the field toward significant growth in the future, this book is a must-have primary resource for graduate students in developmental or clinical psychology, counseling, family sciences, social work, or health policy, and an essential guide for practitioners and policymakers in the field of family-based prevention, family service delivery, or public health.

Table of Contents

1. Family-Based Approaches to Prevention: The State of the Field, Mark J. Van Ryzin and Gregory M. Fosco  Section 1: Family-Based Prevention Programs Across Development  2. Family Foundations, Mark E. Feinberg and Marni L. Kan  3. The Incredible Years Series: A Developmental Approach, Carolyn Webster-Stratton  4. Strengthening Families for Middle/Late Childhood, Karol L. Kumpfer, Catia Magalhães, Henry Whiteside, and Jing Xie  5. The Family Check-Up Model as Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Drug (ab)Use: The Intervention Strategy, Outcomes, and Implementation Model, Thomas J. Dishion and Anne Marie Mauricio  Section 2: Large-Scale Dissemination of Family-Based Program  6. Early Results from Implementing PMTO: Full Transfer on a Grand Scale, Marion S. Forgatch, Laura A. Rains, and Margrét Sigmarsdóttir  7. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: A Community-Wide Approach to Parenting and Family Support, Matthew R. Sanders, Karen M. T. Turner and Jenna McWilliam  8. The Partnership-Based PROSPER Delivery System and Implementation of the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth, Cleve Redmond, Richard L. Spoth, Lisa M. Schainker, and Mark E. Feinberg  Section 3: Innovations and Adaptations of Family-Based Programs  9. Scaling-Up Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care: A Randomized Trial of Two Implementation Strategies, Patricia Chamberlain and Lisa Saldana  10. Staying Connected With Your Teen and the Promise of Self-Directed Prevention Programs, Kevin P. Haggerty, Tali Klima, Martie L. Skinner, Richard F. Catalano, and Susan Barkan  11. Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS): A Family Centered Preventive Intervention for Families Facing Trauma, Stress and Adversity—Implementation with Military Families, Patricia Lester, Lee Klosinski, William Saltzman, Norweeta Milburn, Catherine Mogil, and William Beardslee  12. Cultural and Gender Adaptations of Evidence-based Family Interventions, Karol L. Kumpfer, Catia Magalhães, Jing Xie, and Sheetal Kanse  13. Family-Centered Prevention for Rural African Americans: The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF), The Strong African American Families–Teen Program (SAAF–T), and The Adults in the Making Program (AIM), Gene H. Brody  14. Thinking Systematically for Enduring Family Change, Gregory M. Fosco, Brian Bumbarger, and Katharine T. Bamberger

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Dr. Mark J. Van Ryzin is a Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center and the Oregon Research Institute and faculty member in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer is a Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Education in the College of Health at the University of Utah and Chair of its International Education and Research Committee.

Dr. Gregory M. Fosco is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University and founder of the Family Process Lab. In 2013 he was appointed the Karl R. and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families.

Dr. Mark Greenberg is the Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is also the Founding Director of The Prevention Research Center.


In an era when teaching faculty are far more inclined to recommend a series of journal articles instead of a text, it is a joyous occasion to find a book that clearly should be mandatory reading for all graduate students preparing to work with children and families. [This] is sure to become a treasured book: one that students will look back upon as influencing both their thinking and their practice. It is state of the art and gives students a glimpse into the theoretical backbones of family prevention programs as well as the complications in creating effective, large-scale interventions based on these programs. All the chapters follow a common thread: moving from a discussion of theory to details of the program design to methods of implementation. Students will emerge from each chapter with an understanding of the strengths of the programs as well as the most important future research questions that have yet to be addressed. The book will be equally valued by practitioners seeking to develop family-based prevention programs in their community. – PsycCritiques

This volume provides an accessible and up-to-date look at effective evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and families. An essential read for students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers seeking to improve the well-being of families in today’s society. – Leslie Leve, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

This volume has it all. Clear descriptions of evidence-based prevention programs for diverse families with children of different ages are balanced by analysis of how targeted risk/protective factors lead to desirable outcomes. Thoughtful discussions of the steps and barriers involved in bringing programs to scale are presented while monitoring fidelity to the original intentions of the program creators. – Philip A. Cowan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Evidence-based programming is all the rage these days, as it should be. Serving that end, this volume shares the design, implementation and effects of diverse programs that have proven themselves to be effective in preventing and/or enhancing child, adolescent and/or family functioning. It will no doubt prove to be a valuable resource for students of the family, those who provide services to families, and policymakers needing guidance on intervention efforts that merit their support and funding. – Jay Belsky, Ph.D., Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor, University of California, Davis

The availability of effective family prevention programs is still not understood by policymakers and practitioners. This volume shows how much we have learned, documents the progress we are making in widely and effectively disseminating family programs, and delineates important steps that are being taken to further strengthen these programs. – Anthony Biglan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and former President of the Society for Prevention Research