There is more to the international transfer of prevention programs than just hitting the “copy and paste” buttons. The introduction of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program to Ireland offers insights into how to succeed.
Child Behavior Checklist
Devised by Thomas Achenbach and colleagues at the University of Vermont US, the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) provides a standardized method for assessing 20 areas of children’s competency and functioning and provides an indication of their mental health. The checklist can be completed by children, parent, teachers of other professionals. It has strong reliability and validity and norm data exist for US children. It has been translated into several languages and used around the world.
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Few people working with children will have heard the term “prevention scientist,” let alone know what one is or does. Yet this relatively new breed of researcher is behind the growing list of evidence-based programs being promoted in western developed countries. A new publication puts them under the microscope.
Crime and antisocial behavior prevention efforts have flourished over the last 10 years in the US. This progress can and should be used to help communities improve the life chances of their young people, a recent update urges.
Given the well-known barriers to implementing evidence-based programs, is it better to identify their discrete elements and trust practitioners to combine them in tailored packages depending on the needs of the child and family in question?