Several studies of prevention programs for young children have shown long-term effects on conduct problems, substance use, juvenile delinquency and arrests, and economic self-sufficiency. Early childhood is an opportune time for fostering children's social, emotional, and cognitive development to prevent negative developmental trajectories. But it can be challenging to develop new interventions or adapt existing programs for very young children and families in real-world settings. The purpose of this meeting was to review existing prevention programs for children ages 0-5 years and their families that are designed to improve child, parent, and family outcomes in a variety of domains (e.g., parenting, education, family functioning, substance use, mental health), with a particular focus on programs delivered within child service settings. In addition, the speakers discussed opportunities for advancing the science of prevention for young children through the translation of basic research—particularly on self-regulatory processes—into novel interventions, and research on the translation of evidence-based interventions into practice.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) organized the meeting.
Intervening Early: Promoting a Translational Perspective
Elizabeth Robertson, Ph.D.
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