Promoting and protecting youth mental health through evidence-based prevention and treatment

Am Psychol. 2005 Sep;60(6):628-48. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.60.6.628.


For decades, empirically tested youth interventions have prevented dysfunction by addressing risk and ameliorated dysfunction through treatment. The authors propose linking prevention and treatment within an integrated model. The model suggests a research agenda: Identify effective programs for a broadened array of problems and disorders, examine ethnicity and culture in relation to intervention adoption and impact, clarify conditions under which programs do and do not work, identify change mechanisms that account for effects, test interventions in real-world contexts, and make tested interventions accessible and effective in community and practice settings. Connecting the science and practice of prevention and treatment will be good for science, for practice, and for children, adolescents, and their families.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / trends*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Conduct Disorder / prevention & control
  • Conduct Disorder / rehabilitation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Promotion / trends*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Mental Health Services / trends*
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Models, Psychological
  • Patient Care Team
  • Program Evaluation
  • Treatment Outcome