Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 599–617

Implementing Community-Based Prevention Programming: A Review of the Literature

Authors

    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
    • Human Development DepartmentVirginia Tech
  • Irene Pruitt
    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
  • Jemeg Dees
    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
  • Michael Fronce
    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
  • Narkia Green
    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
  • Anurag Som
    • Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramVirginia Tech
  • David Linkh
    • United States Air Force
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10935-006-0062-8

Cite this article as:
Stith, S., Pruitt, I., Dees, J. et al. J Primary Prevent (2006) 27: 599. doi:10.1007/s10935-006-0062-8

In this review of literature we identify consensually validated conclusions and recommendations for implementing community based prevention programming. The general recommendations identified from the literature are as follows: (1) a community must be ready for a prevention program, (2) effective community coalitions must be developed, (3) programming must fit the community, (4) program fidelity should be maintained, and (5) adequate resources, training, technical assistance, and attention to evaluation are necessary. The existing research and expert opinion in the field of prevention science indicate that when these crucial recommendations are incorporated into community prevention practice, the effectiveness of prevention efforts is optimized.

KEY WORDS

community prevention program implementation effective prevention strategies

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