Prevention Science (PREV SCI)

Publisher: Society for Prevention Research, Springer Verlag

Journal description

Prevention Science will be the official publication of the Society for Prevention Research. The Journal will serve as an interdisciplinary forum designed to disseminate new developments in the theory research and practice of prevention. Prevention sciences encompassing etiology epidemiology and intervention will be represented through peer-reviewed original research articles on a variety of health and social problems including but not limited to substance abuse mental health HIV/AIDS violence accidents teenage pregnancy suicide delinquency STD's obesity diet/nutrition exercise and chronic illness. The journal also publishes literature reviews theoretical articles and papers concerning new developments in methodology.

Current impact factor: 3.15

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2009 Impact Factor 3.018

Additional details

5-year impact 3.69
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.44
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.58
Website Prevention Science website
Other titles Prevention science (Online)
ISSN 1389-4986
OCLC 44189879
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Despite the availability of many evidence-based prevention interventions (EBIs), gaps exist in bringing these programs into widespread practice. Technical assistance (TA) is a strategy for enhancing the readiness of practitioners to implement EBIs. Although many millions of dollars are spent on TA each year, there is little consensus about what the essential features of TA are and how to provide TA with quality. A broad-based research synthesis methodology was used for analyzing the current evidence base for TA using three frames: (1) applying the Getting To Outcomes (GTO) model for categorizing evidence on TA that specifies tasks for planning, implementing, and evaluating TA; (2) understanding the relevance of a successful relationship between the TA provider and TA recipient; and (3) considering the extent to which TA fits the life cycle needs of the preventive intervention. Results indicated that an explicit model or organizing framework is rarely used to plan, implement, and/or evaluate TA; specific TA tasks performed vary widely across studies; TA is rarely delivered to recipients who are seeking to sustain innovations subsequent to adoption and implementation; however, there is systematic attention to relationships and relationship-building. Overall, this synthesis indicates that the extent to which TA is being delivered systematically is limited. We suggest that funders and other stakeholders develop and implement standards for TA quality in order to ensure that many of these limitations are addressed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Prevention Science
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the development, feasibility, and acceptability of a novel preventive intervention for depression in African American girls living in urban poverty. Our approach targeted individual and interpersonal vulnerabilities that have been shown to confer risk for depression in samples of African American girls living in low-income, urban settings, including suppression of negative emotion and lack of assertiveness with peers, memory for positive emotion, active coping, and family connection. Focus groups and an open trial were conducted to refine the goals and mechanisms for skill building. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the new program (Cities Mother-Daughter Project) was conducted with 3rd-5th grade students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Three cycles of screening, randomization, and deployment were conducted to assess feasibility, satisfaction, and usability. Results indicate that feasibility was weak; whereas, satisfaction and usability were high. Future directions for testing efficacy are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Prevention Science

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Prevention Science
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    ABSTRACT: Children and adolescents currently comprise the largest proportion of the population in developing countries across the globe, including many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Sub-Saharan Africa is especially affected by these trends (also referred to as the 'youth bulge,') because within this overwhelming proportion of young people, millions have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Orphanhood increases the likelihood that these young people will grow-up in poverty, drop out of school, and become infected with HIV. In order to protect these children and adolescents from falling prey to poverty and disease, programs and policies aimed at securing a healthy developmental trajectory are desperately needed. One such program is an innovative family-level economic strengthening intervention aimed at increasing the life chances of school-going orphaned and vulnerable children (12-16 years) in Uganda. AIDS-orphaned adolescents aged 12-16 years, at study initiation, from 10 comparable public primary schools in the two districts of southern Uganda (Rakai and Masaka Districts)—heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS—were randomly assigned to either a control condition (bolstered usual care for orphans in Uganda; n = 167), or a treatment condition (Suubi-Maka; n = 179). At baseline, there were no observable differences between the two study groups. All study participants received usual care plus mentorship from a near-peer (hereafter referred to as bolstered usual care). In addition to bolstered usual care, participants in the treatment condition received a matched Child Savings Account (CSA) and microenterprise development workshops. Data were collected at baseline, and at 12- and 24-months post intervention initiation. For the analyses, we use data from baseline and 24-month post-intervention initiation (the study endline). Data obtained at baseline and 24-month post-intervention initiation revealed significant differences between participants in the control and treatment groups in measureable educational outcomes. Specifically, although there were no reported significant differences at baseline between the two study groups, at 24-month post-intervention initiation, adolescents in the treatment condition reported a significantly higher likelihood to attend and take the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) compared to adolescents in the control condition. In addition, participants in the treatment condition exhibited greater confidence in achieving their future educational plan - beyond primary schooling, and registered lower levels of hopelessness and higher levels of selfconcept, compared to participants in the control condition. The findings contribute to an ongoing debate on how to address the developmental impacts of the increasing numbers of poor and vulnerable children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. In this case, the findings indicate that innovative family-level economic strengthening programs, over and above bolstered usual care that includes mentorship for young people, may have positive developmental impacts, including those related to education, health, and psychosocial functioning. These are the kinds of positive impacts needed for sub-Saharan Africa to benefit from the current youth bulge. Policy makers and programmers working towards optimizing the socioeconomic benefits from the current youth bulge in sub-Saharan Africa may want to consider incorporating family-level economic strengthening interventions to augment ongoing government programming around Universal Primary Education.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Prevention Science
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the presence of tobacco control policies, Louisiana continues to experience a high smoking burden and elevated smoking-attributable deaths. The SimSmoke model provides projections of these health outcomes in the face of existing and expanded (simulated) tobacco control polices. The SimSmoke model utilizes population data, smoking rates, and various tobacco control policy measures from Louisiana to predict smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths. The model begins in 1993 and estimates are projected through 2054. The model is validated against existing Louisiana smoking prevalence data. The most powerful individual policy measure for reducing smoking prevalence is cigarette excise tax. However, a comprehensive cessation treatment policy is predicted to save the most lives. A combination of tobacco control policies provides the greatest reduction in smoking prevalence and smoking-attributable deaths. The existing Louisiana excise tax ranks as one of the lowest in the country and the legislature is against further increases. Alternative policy measures aimed at lowering prevalence and attributable deaths are: cessation treatments, comprehensive smoke-free policies, and limiting youth access. These three policies have a substantial effect on smoking prevalence and attributable deaths and are likely to encounter more favor in the Louisiana legislature than increasing the state excise tax.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Prevention Science
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    ABSTRACT: Addiction is serious problem that requires effective treatment. Previous studies support personalized feedback interventions (PFIs) as an effective treatment for drinking; however, the potential beneficial effects of this treatment on illegal drug use have not been explored. The present study examined the effects of PFIs in a sample of repetitive drug-related offenders. Participants were 50 repetitive drug-related offenders incarcerated in a Japanese prison. They were randomly assigned to the PFIs (n = 20) or control (n = 30) group. The PFIs group received six letters for 3 months, whereas the control group did not undergo any interventions. We defined relapse and recidivism as drug-related reoffending and reentering prison after release, respectively. In the 3.6-year follow-up analysis (range, 0.1-5.8 years), participants' criminal records were examined, and results indicated a decreased risk of relapse and recidivism for the PFIs group relative to the control group, even when controlling for age, educational level, number of prison terms, and sentence length. Thus, our findings suggest that PFIs reduce the likelihood of relapse and recidivism in drug-related offenders.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Prevention Science