Prevention: The Role of Early Universal and Targeted Interventions

  • Matthew R. Sanders
  • Alina Morawska


Preventive interventions for children and adolescents with conduct problems are designed to forestall the development of subsequent mental health problems. Mrazek and Haggerty (1994) differentiated among three types of preventive interventions: universal (targeting an entire population irrespective of risk), selective (targeting individuals or subgroups with elevated risk), and indicated (targeting high-risk individuals who are identified as having minimal but detectable problems foreshadowing disorder). Prevention programs can include narrowly targeted programs that focus on vulnerable children or high-risk families, universal programs offered to all families, or blended models that combine universal and indicated interventions (Prinz & Sanders, 2007; Sanders, 1999, 2008; Sanders & Woolley, 2005).


Conduct Problem Oppositional Defiant Disorder Parenting Intervention Parenting Program Interparental Conflict 
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  • Matthew R. Sanders
    • 1
  • Alina Morawska
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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