Prevention Science

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 358–365 | Cite as

Innovation and Integrity: Desiderata and Future Directions for Prevention and Intervention Science

  • Andreas Beelmann
  • Tina Malti
  • Gil G. Noam
  • Simon Sommer


This article summarizes essential implications of the papers within this special issue and discusses directions for future prevention and intervention research on conceptual issues, methodological and transfer-related challenges and opportunities. We identify a need to move from programs to principles in intervention research and encourage the implementation of research on potential mechanisms underlying intervention effectiveness. In addition, current methodological issues in intervention research are highlighted, including advancements in methodology and statistical procedures, extended outcome assessments, replication studies, and a thorough examination of potential biases. We further discuss transfer-related issues, for example the need for more research on the flexibility and adaptability of programs and intervention approaches as well as more general problems in knowledge translation reasoning the need for enhanced communication between practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. Finally, we briefly touch on the need to discuss the relation between single intervention programs, the mental health system, and changes of contextual conditions at the macro level.


Research integrity Child and adolescent mental health Evidence-based intervention Knowledge translation Intervention theory 



The second author was funded, in part, by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Beelmann
    • 1
  • Tina Malti
    • 2
  • Gil G. Noam
    • 3
  • Simon Sommer
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Department of Research Synthesis, Intervention, EvaluationFriedrich-Schiller-University JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoMississaugaCanada
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolHavard UniversityBostonUSA
  4. 4.Jacobs FoundationZürichSwitzerland

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