© 2015

Prevention Science in School Settings

Complex Relationships and Processes

  • Kris Bosworth
  • Reduces the disconnect between prevention research and educational practice

  • Highly comprehensive, addressing a range of adolescent risk-taking behavior: substance use, violence, dropping out, suicide

  • Discusses issues of conducting research and scaling up interventions within schools Illustrates theoretical issues with case studies and anecdotes of actual practice

  • Includes supplementary material:


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. How Schools Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Kris Bosworth, Tricia Pena, Maryann Judkins
      Pages 45-65
    3. Amy Nitza, Kerrie R. Fineran, Brian Dobias
      Pages 67-87
    4. Nancy Fichtman Dana, Angela Hooser
      Pages 89-103
    5. Diane DeMuth Allensworth
      Pages 105-121
  3. Prevention Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Kris Bosworth, Zili Sloboda
      Pages 125-149
    3. Jonathan Pettigrew, Michael L. Hecht
      Pages 151-174
    4. Louise A. Rohrbach, Stephanie R. Dyal
      Pages 175-197
  4. Research in and with Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Terri N. Sullivan, Kevin S. Sutherland, Albert D. Farrell, Katherine A. Taylor
      Pages 201-226
    3. Kimberly Kendziora, Allison Dymnicki, Ann-Marie Faria, Amy Windham, David Osher
      Pages 227-246
    4. Katrina J. Debnam, Catherine P. Bradshaw, Elise T. Pas, Sarah Lindstrom Johnson
      Pages 247-269
  5. Relationships Between Education and Prevention Science—Parallel Tracks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Adam Fletcher
      Pages 273-285
    3. Katie Eklund, Kris Bosworth, Sheri Bauman
      Pages 307-333

About this book


This straightforward volume makes a strong, practical, research-based case for integrating prevention programs into middle and high schools. Written by experts in prevention science and education, it examines educational goals and prevention of risky behaviors as parallel and complementary processes and provides evidence for health-promoting schools as a critical forum for student development. Chapters show the benefits of this collaboration, as instructors engage with prevention content, prevention scientists study schools and create interventions, and counselors develop and implement activities, resulting in improved academic, social, and health outcomes. Examples of successful prevention strategies address personal and public health issues as varied as substance abuse, dating violence, dropping out, and suicide.

 Among the topics covered:


  • Engaging school leaders in prevention
  • Developing school-based prevention curricula
  • Scaling up evidence-based prevention interventions and practices
  • Conducting prevention research and evaluation in schools
  • Promoting a positive school climate and culture
  • Reducing disruptive behavior, violence, and bullying


Child and school psychologists, administrators, teachers,  school counselors, and prevention specialists will find significant common ground in Prevention Science in School Settings. The breadth and depth of coverage point to new, multidisciplinary directions in health education, school climate/culture, and positive youth development.


No Child Left Behind child health prevention science school counselors and mental health school health teachers and prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Kris Bosworth
    • 1
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Prevention Science in School Settings
  • Book Subtitle Complex Relationships and Processes
  • Editors Kris Bosworth
  • Series Title Advances in Prevention Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv. Prevention Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-3154-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-4995-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-3155-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 376
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Child and School Psychology
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health


“This book stresses the importance of integrating prevention programs into middle and secondary schools, suggesting that interventions in areas such as substance abuse, dating violence, mental health, and academic failure would be helpful for student development. The book ‘is designed to provide both prevention researchers and educators with perspectives on the role of schools and educators in the practice of prevention.’ The intended audience includes ‘child and school psychologists, administrators, teachers, school counselors, and prevention specialists.’” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, June, 2016)