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Am J Community Psychol. 2005 Dec;36(3-4):307-25.

Decoupling the relation between risk factors for conduct problems and the receipt of intervention services: participation across multiple components of a prevention program.

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  • 1Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania 16802, USA.


This study examined whether the link between risk factors for conduct problems and low rates of participation in mental health treatment could be decoupled through the provision of integrated prevention services in multiple easily-accessible contexts. It included 445 families of first-grade children (55% minority), living in four diverse communities, and selected for early signs of conduct problems. Results indicated that, under the right circumstances, these children and families could be enticed to participate at high rates in school-based services, therapeutic groups, and home visits. Because different sets of risk factors were related to different profiles of participation across the components of the prevention program, findings highlight the need to offer services in multiple contexts to reach all children and families who might benefit from them.

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