School-Based Prevention for Children at Risk: The Primary Mental Health Project

Pages: 356
Item #: 4316721
ISBN: 978-1-55798-374-9
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 1996
Format: Softcover
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National surveys suggest that 3 out of 10 children experience moderate to severe school adjustment problems. Failure to profit from the school experience restricts children's achievement in later life and places them at risk for personally devastating and socially costly outcomes. Unfortunately, the existing mental health system lacks the resources to deal with this major human and social problem.

This book describes in accessible language the evolution and daily operation of the Primary Health Project, and innovative school-based prevention program that provides a viable alternative to traditional "after-the-fact" intervention. School-Based Prevention for Children at Risk provides nuts-and-bolts descriptions of how to establish, maintain, and evaluate such a program, as well as research evidence documenting PMHP's efficacy. This award-winning program's longevity (it has been in operation for almost 40 years) and continuing expansion (it now operates in over 700 school districts worldwide) are evidence of its success.

Table of Contents

—George W. Albee



  1. The Primary Mental Health Project: Roots and Wellsprings

I. PMHP: The Core Program

Introduction to Part I

  1. How PMHP Operates: An X-Ray
  2. PMHP's Early Evolution
  3. Setting Up and Conducting a PMHP
  4. PMHP Mini-Programs: Extending and Refining the Basic Offerings
  5. Evaluating the Effectiveness of PMHP

II. Newer Directions

Introduction to Part II

  1. Disseminating the PMHP Program Model
  2. The Social Problem-Solving Program
  3. The Children of Divorce Intervention Program
  4. The Study Buddy Program
  5. The Rochester Child Resilience Project

III. Conclusion

  1. Where From, Where To?



  1. Playroom Equipment, Materials, and Supplies
  2. Child-Associate Information
    B1. Job Description
    B2. Interviewer Rating Form
  3. PMHP Assessment Instruments
    C1. AML Behavior Rating Scale—Revised (AML-R)
    C2. Child Rating Scale (CRS)
    C3. Teacher–Child Rating Scale (T-CRS)
    C4. Background Information Form (BIF)
    C5. Parent–Child Rating Scale (P-CRS)
    C6. Associate–Child Rating Scale (A-CRS)
    C7. Professional Summary Report (PSR)

Author Index

Subject Index

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