A conceptual model for developing prevention programs

I. M. Newman, G. L. Martin, R. Weppner

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Prevention programs frequently lack clear direction, measurable objectives, and a direct relationship to a definition of what is to be prevented. This paper describes a conceptual model of prevention which is drawn largely from the fields of health education and public health. The model posits that prevention efforts should be based on a clear understanding of the epidemiology of the problem and clearly described behavioral objectives, and should include specific program components to predispose, enable, and reinforce the desired prevention outcome. A description of how this model was useful in the development of a state prevention agency is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-504
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of the Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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