Defining Prevention Science

  • Zili Sloboda
  • Hanno Petras

Part of the Advances in Prevention Science book series (Adv. Prevention Science)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. David Cordova, Yannine Estrada, Shandey Malcolm, Shi Huang, C. Hendricks Brown, Hilda Pantin et al.
    Pages 1-23
  3. Individual Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional Vulnerability Across the Life Course: Benchmarks and Developmental Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Julee P. Farley
      Pages 87-112
    3. George W. Rebok, Jeanine M. Parisi, Alexandra M. Kueider
      Pages 113-133
  4. Environmental Influences and Implications for Intervention Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. J. Mark Eddy, Charles R. Martinez Jr., Carol W. Metzler, Richard E. Heyman
      Pages 137-150
    3. David Osher, Kimberly Kendziora, Elizabeth Spier, Mark L. Garibaldi
      Pages 151-169
    4. Michael Mason
      Pages 171-193
    5. Louise A. Rohrbach
      Pages 275-291
    6. Zili Sloboda, Linda Dusenbury, Hanno Petras
      Pages 293-314
    7. Peer van der Kreeft, Johan Jongbloet, Tina Van Havere
      Pages 315-334
    8. William B. Hansen
      Pages 335-359
  5. Research Design

  6. Analytic Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Karen Nylund-Gibson, Shelley R. Hart
      Pages 493-511
    3. Amanda J. Fairchild, David P. MacKinnon
      Pages 537-555
  7. Cost Analysis and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 569-569
    2. Jonathan P. Caulkins, Nancy Nicosia, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
      Pages 571-596
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 615-626

About this book


Whoever coined the adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" could not have known how important this adage would become. The challenge of altering the health trajectories of poor lifestyle decisions for such behaviors as smoking, drinking, and using illicit drugs, violence, dropping out of school, engagement in risky sexual behaviors, and crime through prevention research has led to a new discipline, prevention science.

Defining Prevention Science covers this emerging  field of science: its goals,its conceptual and theoretical foundations, its methods, and especially its utility. Not content to simply differentiate the field from its close allies: epidemiology, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, economics, the text explains how these many disciplines enhance each other at both research and intervention levels, and how prevention science draws on these biological, behavioral, and social sciences to create an innovative knowledge base that has provided cost-effective, evidence-based prevention interventions and policies. To this end, familiar developmental benchmarks are recast in prevention/health promotion context, from the crucial importance of adolescence in encountering and deterring high-risk behaviors to the risks and resiliencies of single-mother families. An international group of contributors offers current findings, up-to-date methods for effective evidence-based interventions, and improvements in research technologies in these key areas:


  • Physical, cognitive, and emotional vulnerability across the life course.
  • The roles of developmental influences in prevention.
  • Intervention development, delivery, and implementation.
  • Bringing the intervention approach to research design.
  • New directions in analytic methods.
  • Cost analysis and policy implications.

 Defining Prevention Science aims to inspire further refinements in the field and encourage communication among researchers in its own and related disciplines, including public health, epidemiology, psychology, and criminology. This is the first volume in the series, Advances in Prevention Science, that provides the framework for other volume that will focus on such issues as: Prevention Science in School Settings: Complex Relationships and Processes; Preventing Crime and Violence; and The Prevention of Substance Use.

Editors and affiliations

  • Zili Sloboda
    • 1
  • Hanno Petras
    • 2
  1. 1.OntarioUSA
  2. 2.JBS International, Inc.RockvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7423-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7424-2
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