Unit 7 Discussion 2 - Many large-scale interventions have...

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Many large-scale interventions have been designed to reduce problem behaviors in adolescence (such as drinking, drug use, smoking, and so on) or to increase positive behaviors. Discuss some of the typical characteristics of the least effective and the most effective of these programs to date, based on available research. Use examples where possible There have been many large-scale interventions that are designed to aide in reducing the escalation of disruptive, delinquent, and all around problem behaviors. Some have proven to be effective and other are not. In order for an intervention to be effective, interventions need to be well timed, directed at the appropriate risk groups, and aimed at malleable and causal risk factors. To make sure that an intervention program is properly and effectively applied to the appropriate risk group, a screening and risk assessment is needed (Loeber, 2008). Many would like to believe that all treatments are effective in reducing disruptive and delinquent child behaviors.

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