Could Emotional Security Theory Help Advance Family-Focused Preventive Interventions?

  • J. Douglas CoatsworthEmail author
Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI)


In the following commentary, I examine the reformulated emotional security theory (EST-R) through the lens of a family-oriented prevention scientist. Over the past three decades, prevention science has accumulated an impressive body of findings that demonstrate the efficacy of family-focused preventive interventions for improving parenting and family functioning, while also decreasing child and adolescent mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. The following commentary begins with a brief overview of what we know about family-focused preventive interventions, highlights a few critical elements that we don’t know, and then discusses how EST-R might help bridge that knowledge gap.


Child Relationship Interparental Conflict Adolescent Problem Behavior Prevention Science Small Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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