Realizing Social Justice: The Challenge of Preventive Interventions

Pages: 322
Item #: 4317174
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0411-3
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Copyright: 2009
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This volume seeks to advance interest and knowledge in prevention by presenting a renewed vision suited to the needs of the U.S. population. The book emphasizes the potential of prevention to promote positive development across the lifespan and to foster social justice. This key text defines the field while offering scientists, practitioners, and graduate students a state-of-the-art resource to guide further directions in the science and practice of prevention.

Part I presents the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and ethical foundations that inform a social justice vision of prevention. Part II examines the design, conduct, and assessment of preventive interventions in a variety of contexts (community, workplace, school, family) and across various targeted psychopathologies or "bad behaviors," such as depression, aggressive/delinquent youth, alcoholism/substance abuse, domestic violence, poor health practices, and racism/sexism.

Contributors focus on theory, research, practice, and training in prevention, as well as the philosophical, public policy, and economic issues that impact the prevention efforts by psychologists and other helping professionals.

Table of Contents


List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits


Social Justice and the Challenge of Preventive Interventions: An Introduction
Maureen E. Kenny, Arthur M. Horne, Pamela Orpinas, and Le'Roy E. Reese

I. Social Justice and Prevention

  1. Promoting Positive Development and Social Justice Through Prevention: A Legacy for the Future
    Maureen E. Kenny and John L. Romano

  2. Advancing Prevention, Health Promotion, and Social Justice Through Practical Integration of Prevention Science and Practice
    Le'Roy E. Reese, John Harvey Wingfield, and Daniel Blumenthal

  3. Prevention as a Mechanism for Promoting Positive Development in the Context of Risk: Principles of Best Practice
    Mary Walsh, Jillian DePaul, and Jennie Park-Taylor

  4. The Role of Prevention in Psychology's Social Justice Agenda
    Elizabeth M. Vera, Larisa Buhin, and Anthony Isacco

  5. Evaluating Contemporary Social Programs: Challenges and Opportunities
    Francine Jacobs and Jessica Goldberg

  6. Prevention: Ethics, Responsibility, and Commitment to Public Well-Being
    Jonathan P. Schwartz and Sally M. Hage

  7. Training Primary Preventionists to Make a Difference in People's Lives
    James M. O'Neil and Preston A. Britner

    II. Preventive Interventions Across Contexts

  8. Fostering a Healthy Climate for Diversity
    Connie R. Matthews, Shanti Pepper, and Peggy Lorah

  9. Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
    Theresa L. Byrd and Belinda Reininger

  10. Developing Healthy Family Relationships
    Michael Waldo, Arthur M. Horne, and Maureen E. Kenny

  11. Development of a Positive School Climate
    Kris Bosworth, Pamela Orpinas, and Katie Hein

  12. Creating Healthy Work Organizations
    David M. DeJoy and Mark G. Wilson

  13. Collaboration for Building Strong Communities: Two Examples
    Victoria L. Banyard and Lisa Goodman

  14. Conclusion: Prevention and Social Justice—New Lessons and Next Steps
    Maureen E. Kenny, Arthur M. Horne, Pamela Orpinas, and Le'Roy E. Reese

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Maureen E. Kenny, PhD, is associate dean at Boston College's Lynch School of Education, and professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School. Dr. Kenny completed the MEd at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and her PhD with specializations in counseling and school psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association) and served as chair of the Section on Prevention of Division 17. Dr. Kenny has published and presented at conferences extensively on topics related to her interests in positive youth development, family relationships, and school-based preventive interventions.

Arthur (Andy) M. Horne, PhD, is distinguished research professor, emeritus, and director of the Educational Policy and Evaluation Center of the University of Georgia in Athens. Dr. Horne completed his PhD at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has been a director of training for counseling psychology at both Indiana State University in Terre Haute and the University of Georgia. He has been active in developing prevention, early intervention, and therapy treatment programs for addressing problems of delinquency, violence, and bullying for 30 years. He has directed research programs in the United States, Europe, and New Zealand, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as by foundations and other agencies.

Pamela Orpinas, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia in Athens. She studied psychology at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago. She received her MPH degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas—Houston. Dr. Orpinas has worked in several research projects specifically related to the prevention of violence among children and adolescents, and has been a consultant in the area of violence prevention in several countries. She has published and presented at national and international conferences extensively on this topic.

Le'Roy E. Reese, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Reese conducts community-based health research focused on the development of healthy lifestyles and the reduction of risk behavior among youth and their families residing in underresourced communities. Prior to coming to Morehouse, Dr. Reese was a senior scientist in the Office of the Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, where he helped lead efforts to create research and programmatic priorities for the Center. During his tenure at the CDC, he also served as team leader of the Effectiveness and Evaluation Research Team in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. Dr. Reese joined the CDC after spending several years as a faculty member in the Departments of Psychology and Black Studies at Chicago State University, where he codirected a prevention research team conducting school and community-based prevention research in Chicago.

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