Handbook of Prevention

  • Barry A. Edelstein
  • Larry Michelson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Leonard A. Jason, David Thompson, Thomas Rose
    Pages 1-19
  3. Susan E. Nicol, L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling
    Pages 21-41
  4. Kathleen A. McCluskey-Fawcett, Nancy Meck, Marybeth Harris
    Pages 43-73
  5. Edward M. Ornitz
    Pages 75-116
  6. John Wills Lloyd, Laurie U. De Bettencourt
    Pages 117-132
  7. Donna M. Gelfand, Teresa Ficula, Lynne Zarbatany
    Pages 133-152
  8. Roger P. Weissberg, Joseph P. Allen
    Pages 153-175
  9. Luciano L’abate
    Pages 177-193
  10. Michael T. Nietzel, Melissa J. Himelein
    Pages 195-221
  11. Norman F. Watt
    Pages 223-242
  12. Gail G. Milgram, Peter E. Nathan
    Pages 243-262
  13. P. Jean Frazier, Alice M. Horowitz
    Pages 263-286
  14. James A. Blumenthal, Matthew M. Burg, Steven F. Roark
    Pages 287-306
  15. Joseph Cullen, Peter Greenwald
    Pages 307-341
  16. Leon S. Robertson
    Pages 343-360
  17. E. Scott Geller
    Pages 361-383
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 385-400

About this book


Americans are "healing themselves" (Heckler, 1985) and prevention has taken root (McGinnis, 1985a). We are altering our lifestyle to reduce physical and mental health risks. Perhaps as important is the fact that the science of prevention is beginning to catch up with the practices of prevention, although some might argue that the popularity of these practices far outstrips sound theoretical and empirical foundations. The chapter authors in this volume examine the theoretical and empirical foundations of many current prevention practices and, where data exist, discuss the status of prevention efforts. Where substantial prevention is not yet on the horizon, the authors attempt to point us in the right direction or at least share with the reader some of the risk factors that should be addressed in our research. We hope that readers will be stimulated to discuss the issues raised, advance the current research, and, where possible, adopt the prevention and health promotion strategies that are supported by sound theoretical and empirical work. This volume can in no way be comprehensive with respect to the current work in prevention; however, we hope that we have provided a sampling of prevention activities and issues that appear together in one volume for perhaps the first time. The primary intent of this volume is modest, and the reader should not attempt to find continuity among the various chapters. The only binding among these contributions is their focus on prevention.


health health promotion prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Barry A. Edelstein
    • 1
  • Larry Michelson
    • 2
  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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