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Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities

HIGHLIGHTED REPORT: Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities

Mental health and substance use disorders among children, youth, and young adults pose major threats to the health and wellbeing of younger populations, which often carry over into adulthood. The costs of treatment for mental health and addictive disorders, which create an enormous burden on the affected individuals, their families, and society, have stimulated increasing interest in prevention practices that can impede onset or reduce severity.

Prevention practices have emerged in a variety of settings, including programs for selected at-risk populations (such as children and youth in the child welfare system), school-based interventions, interventions in primary care settings, and community services designed to address a broad array of mental health needs and populations.

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People updates a 1994 Institute of Medicine book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, focusing special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.

Researchers such as those involved in prevention science, mental health, education, substance abuse, juvenile justice, health, child and youth development, as well as policymakers involved in state and local mental health, substance abuse, welfare, education, and justice, will depend on this updated information for research status and suggested direction for the mental health and prevention field.

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HIGHLIGHTED REPORT: Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities

Mental health and substance use disorders among children, youth, and young adults pose major threats to the health and wellbeing of younger populations, which often carry over into adulthood. The costs of treatment for mental health and addictive disorders, which create an enormous burden on the affected individuals, their families, and society, have stimulated increasing interest in prevention practices that can impede onset or reduce severity.

Prevention practices have emerged in a variety of settings, including programs for selected at-risk populations (such as children and youth in the child welfare system), school-based interventions, interventions in primary care settings, and community services designed to address a broad array of mental health needs and populations.

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People updates a 1994 Institute of Medicine book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, focusing special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.

Researchers such as those involved in prevention science, mental health, education, substance abuse, juvenile justice, health, child and youth development, as well as policymakers involved in state and local mental health, substance abuse, welfare, education, and justice, will depend on this updated information for research status and suggested direction for the mental health and prevention field.

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