Prevention Science

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 1–11 | Cite as

Corporate Externalities: A Challenge to the Further Success of Prevention Science

  • Anthony Biglan


The full benefit of prevention science will not be realized until we learn how to influence organizational practices. The marketing of tobacco, alcohol, and food and corporate advocacy for economic policies that maintain family poverty are examples of practices we must influence. This paper analyzes the evolution of such practices in terms of their selection by economic consequences. A strategy for addressing these critical risk factors should include: (a) systematic research on the impact of corporate practices on each of the most common and costly psychological and behavior problems; (b) empirical analyses of the consequences that select harmful corporate practices; (c) assessment of the impact of policies that could affect problematic corporate practices; and (d) research on advocacy organizations to understand the factors that influence their growth and to help them develop effective strategies for influencing corporate externalities.


Prevention Intervention Policymakers Organizational practices Advocacy 



The National Cancer Institute (Grant CA-38273) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant P30 DA018760) provided financial support for the completion of the work on this manuscript. The author wishes to thank Christine Cody for her editorial input and assistance with references.


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