Prevention Programs Definition Essay

Prevention is the act or process of reducing or eliminating a problem. The development, evaluation, and dissemination of effective prevention programs are critical to ongoing efforts to address the causes and correlates of interpersonal violence, particularly those with origins in childhood and adolescence. Prevention programs or strategies to prevent or reduce interpersonal violence include those targeting intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, bullying, gang violence, the impact of witnessing violence on children, and violence-related problems (e.g., drug and alcohol use, delinquency).

Definitions

Universal prevention (also known as primary prevention) refers to population-directed activities or strategies to address a problem that has been defined as a concern to an entire population (e.g., a public health problem). Universal prevention efforts to address interpersonal violence have included public service advertisements, general violence prevention, and ant bullying programs in schools. Selective, or secondary, prevention refers to programs or efforts directed at preventing or ameliorating difficulties among a subgroup of the population that is defined as high-risk on a selected characteristic. Programs to prevent child maltreatment have often focused on the selective level of intervention by targeting parents identified as at risk for child abuse and neglect (e.g., teen parents, parents aging out of foster placement, or those who had formerly been victims or witnesses to abuse). Indicated, or tertiary, prevention, sometimes referred to as early intervention, encompasses programs or strategies that aim to ameliorate difficulties or prevent the growth of problems among those already defined as exhibiting the target problem. Examples of indicated prevention programs include advocacy interventions for battered women, programs or strategies to prevent further escalation of aggressive behavior among children identified as aggressive by teachers or parents, or family preservation programs to improve caregiving and parent–child relationships in families with histories of child maltreatment and foster placement.

The Context Of Prevention

Attention to prevention dates back thousands of years to Hippocrates, who asserted that “the function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired.” The field of prevention, and violence prevention in particular, has been informed by developmental research revealing the childhood or adolescent roots of later problem behavior. For this reason, many prevention efforts are directed at children and youth and are implemented in school or afterschool contexts. Workplace prevention programs for adults have also increasingly been used to address issues related to interpersonal violence, such as sexual harassment and intimate partner violence.

There is increasing interest, partially created through interdisciplinary dialog among those engaging in prevention (e.g., social work, psychology, public health, and medicine), in the weaving of health promotion, resilience, strengths-based, and empowerment concepts into prevention programming. This interest has resulted in a shift away from deficit or disease-based models of prevention and toward positive goals (e.g., promoting healthy development), outcomes (e.g., measurement of adaptive behaviors to supplement symptom-based measurement), and methods (e.g., focusing on nurturing positive skills in addition to reducing negative behaviors).

Characteristics Of Effective Prevention Programs

Research has enabled the delineation of core characteristics of program content, structure, and delivery in effective prevention programs. Such programs have a theory of etiology and/or change (i.e., a theoretical perspective on the causes of the problem and how the intervention is expected to change participants’ behavior, attitudes, and/or norms). They specify clear goals, and target problems for change (e.g., behaviors, attitudes, and norms related to dating violence) but use multicomponent interventions that cross contexts (e.g., school, home) and implement different intervention strategies or teaching methods (e.g., role-play, media, mentoring) to build skills to address the target behavior or problem. Successful prevention programs are of sufficient duration and intensity to produce change and may include booster or follow-up session(s) to maintain and consolidate change. These programs meet the developmental and sociocultural needs of participants by their appropriate developmental timing and their tailoring to the cultural and contextual needs of the target community. An emerging literature documents the ways in which programs can effectively be adapted to meet the needs of different cultural groups, although many research-based prevention programs remain to be validated with diverse, particularly immigrant, populations. Program participants and representatives of the community are involved in the program planning and implementation of effective interventions. Prevention program staffs are appropriately trained, supported, and supervised so that the intervention can be delivered as intended. Finally, effective prevention programs build on developmental assets (factors that promote competence in all individuals) by promoting self-regulation (e.g., managing emotions, behavior) and healthy, supportive relationships within and among program participants and facilitators.

Evidence-Based Prevention

Prevention programs are considered evidence-based when there is clear empirical evidence for their effectiveness in reducing or eliminating the target problem behavior or risk factor (e.g., incidents of bullying or episodes of intimate partner violence) or in strengthening the target positive behavior or protective factor (e.g., nonviolent conflict resolution, positive parenting). There is an increasing literature on the effectiveness of prevention programs, and several national databases operate to evaluate and provide information on those prevention programs considered effective, model, or promising with regard to reducing interpersonal violence and related risk behaviors. Databases include the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Violence Prevention project. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on prevention strategies with regard to intimate partner violence specifically.

Prevention Research Concepts

In recent years, applications of prevention within the social sciences have resulted in the emerging field of prevention science, which studies the development, evaluation, implementation, and widespread dissemination of research-based prevention programs to address psychosocial problems. There is increasing consensus within and beyond the field of prevention science that the gold standard for proof of the efficacy or effectiveness of a program is the randomized controlled trial (RCT). In RCTs, participants in the program or “treatment condition” are randomly assigned to either the prevention program or a control group (usually an existing standard of care and sometimes a delayed intervention group). However, some interventions may not be amenable to a randomized control trial for either ethical or practical considerations. In these cases, quasiexperimental evaluations of the intervention’s effectiveness (comparing participants in a prevention program with a comparable, nonrandom sample not receiving the intervention) may be implemented. The stringent criteria for proof of effectiveness have resulted in a relatively small number of prevention programs deemed effective or model programs, but the process of evaluation has proven to be extremely important in understanding what prevention strategies are key to changing behaviors such as interpersonal violence and to understanding the mechanisms of change.

Longitudinal research on prevention is necessary to understand factors that may mediate or moderate the effectiveness of an intervention (e.g., age, gender, context) and to understand how the effects of a prevention program may wax or wane over time. In some cases, prevention programs have been shown to have cascade effects over time, that is, the reduction in the target problem behavior subsequently improves related positive outcomes and/or reduces the occurrence of other negative outcomes. For example, in the Nurse–Family Partnership program—an effective home-visiting program developed by David Olds and colleagues, aimed at reducing child abuse among young mothers—those who participated in the intervention during their pregnancy and first 2 years of motherhood were significantly less likely to abuse their children. In addition, over the 15 to 20 years following the families’ involvement in the program, their children were more likely to complete high school and were engaged in fewer risk behaviors, including interpersonal violence, drugs, and risky sexual behaviors. Interestingly, however, in a 2002 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Olds and his colleagues reported that domestic violence was a negative moderator of the intervention effects (i.e., that the intervention was less effective in families with ongoing domestic violence).

Challenges And Emerging Issues

Although an increasing number of effective universal violence prevention programs are available and utilized in school and community settings, there is a dearth of evidence-based selective or indicated prevention programs for victims and witnesses of interpersonal violence. Various federal initiatives, such as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Safe Start and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network, aim to raise the standard of care for children exposed to violence and related traumatic stressors by developing and disseminating such programs.

A key set of challenges for evidence-based prevention programs is their implementation and widespread dissemination in community settings (particularly in nontraditional care systems serving those exposed to interpersonal violence, such as shelters). Taking an efficacious program from the controlled research environment in which it has been developed to a broader scale requires an adequate infrastructure for its delivery (i.e., interested stakeholder organizations, rigorous staff training and supervision, implementation of the prevention program with fidelity to the model, and the ability of program staff to engage and retain participants and to attract sustainable funding). Prevention     researchers are increasingly attempting to answer questions about the factors involved in taking programs to statewide and nationwide scale. Other emerging questions in prevention relate to increasing client engagement in prevention programming and tailoring programs to meet the unique needs and preferences of participants of diverse groups of participants.

Bibliography:

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    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

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    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

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    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the website listed below with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the website listed below with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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