Prevention Psychology: Enhancing Personal and Social Well-Being

Pages: 221
Item #: 4317347
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1791-5
List Price: $69.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $49.95
Publication Date: August 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Psychologists are increasingly consulted by public agencies, school districts, and businesses to assist in the prevention of major problems (e.g., school violence, drug addiction, and employee stress). This book provides a broad overview of the science and practice of prevention, including practical guidance for developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention programs.

The author reviews

  • the history of prevention
  • behavior change theories that guide prevention programs
  • risk and protective factors to target
  • professional issues related to ethics, education, and funding for prevention

Example programs from diverse settings are described, including programs in education, health care, and the community.

Rich in resources, the book offers a "one-stop" introduction to prevention for professionals in multiple disciplines, such as health sciences, public policy, social work, and education.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. History of Prevention
  3. Prevention Theories for Behavior Change
  4. Protective Factors:  Promoting Strengths and Building Positive Behaviors
  5. Social Justice and Public Policy Advocacy
  6. Prevention Applications in Educational Settings
  7. Prevention Applications in Community and Medical Settings
  8. Recommendations for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Prevention Interventions
  9. Prevention Ethics, Education, and Funding
  10. Mapping an Agenda for the Future of Prevention Psychology

Appendix A: American Psychological Association Guidelines for Prevention in Psychology

Appendix B: Prevention Resources



About the Author

Author Bio

John L. Romano, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology in the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program at the University of Minnesota. He is also a licensed psychologist, and served two terms on the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

Dr. Romano received his undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY), Pennsylvania State University, and Arizona State University, respectively. He is cofounder of the Prevention Section of APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), and he was the recipient of the Prevention Section's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Dr. Romano has also been recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Counseling Psychology by the Society of Counseling Psychology (2010). Romano holds APA Fellow status in APA Divisions 17 and 52 (International Psychology).

Dr. Romano was chairperson of the work group that produced the APA Guidelines for Prevention in Psychology. He has been principal investigator on several U.S. Department of Education school personnel training grants to promote safe and drug-free schools.

Dr. Romano has received research awards from the American Counseling Association, and he has authored numerous publications on prevention. He has served on several journal editorial boards in the United States and abroad.

As a former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Romano has maintained an international focus throughout his career, teaching and consulting abroad, and serving as assistant vice president for international scholarship at the University of Minnesota.