The Science of Prevention: Methodological Advances From Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research
The Science of Prevention: Methodological Advances From Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research explores ways for bringing greater methodological rigor to prevention research, gathering together the analyses and insights of prominent researchers who present examples of the problems—and the solutions—they have encountered in their own work.
Prevention researchers now conduct basic psychosocial research studying risk factors that vary in level from genes to communities. They also conduct efficacy research designed to evaluate new interventions focused on reducing risk for individuals, families, schools, and communities. The editors and contributors explore the implications of prospective longitudinal research that measures risk and protective factors, and illustrates developmental trajectories and the sequence of abuse. They look at intervention research with an eye toward how certain components may interact with individual and environmental factors and offer many concrete suggestions for improving methodological quality.
The methods discussed, while focusing on alcohol and substance abuse, are general enough to have pertinence for many kinds of research that take place in field settings, including smoking, risky sex, health problems, poor school performance, and criminal behavior. This volume is an invaluable resource for all social scientists interested in sound methodology.