Prevention: The Treatment of Choice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 29–30. Reviews the book, Preventing Antisocial Behavior: Interventions from Birth through Adolescence edited by Joan McCord and Richard E. Tremblay (1992). The text is logical and developmental in organization. An introductory chapter establishes the importance of preventive research m the identification of causal agents. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 review experimental research applied from infancy through early childhood. This section is commendable for including a discussion of attachment theory and its relevance to aggressive behavior. Chapters 5 through 9 review middle childhood approaches, one chapter discusses the application of drug therapy with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Chapters 10 through 15 review adolescent interventions and include research designs that have incorporated stages of moral development and peer group influence. The final chapter establishes rationale for longitudinal experimental research to establish the critical timing for interventions and to contribute to the knowledge base relating to the interaction of developmental stages and antisocial behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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