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Science of Prevention: Methodological Advances from Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research

by Kendall Bryan, M Windle and SG West American Psychological Association
Pub Date:
12/1997
ISBN:
9781557984395
Format:
Hbk 504 pages
Price:
AU$69.00 NZ$73.04
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
This explores ways for bringing greater methodological rigor to prevention research, gathering the analyses & insights of prominent researchers who present examples of the problems- & the solutions- -they encountered in their own work. Prevention researchers now conduct basic psychosocial research studying risk factors that vary in level from genes to communities. They also conduct efficacy research designed to evaluate new interventions focused on reducing risk for individuals, families, schools, and communities. The contributors explore the implications of prospective longitudinal research measuring risk and protective factors, and illustrates developmental trajectories and the sequence of abuse. They look at intervention research & how certain components may interact with individual and environmental factors. Many concrete suggestions for improving methodological quality are made. The methods discussed, while focusing on alcohol and substance abuse, are general enough to have pertinence for many kinds of research that take place in field settings, including smoking, risky sex, health problems, poor school performance, and criminal behavior. This volume is an invaluable resource

Methodological Issues in Conducting Prospective Research on Alcohol-Related Behaviour - a Report from the Field; Alternative Latent-Variable Approaches to Modelling Change in Adolescent Alcohol Involvement; Heavy Caffeine Use and the Beginning of Substance Use Onset Process - an Illustration of Latent Transition Analysis; Alternative Econometric Models of Alcohol Demand; Behavioural Genetic Methods in Prevention Research - an Overview; Toward Understanding the Individual Effects in Multicomponent Prevention Programmes - Design and Analysis Strategies; Time Series Analysis for Prevention and Treatment Research; The Interactive Effect of Alcohol Prevention Programmes in High School Classes - an Illustration of Item Homogeneity Scaling and Multilevel Analysis Techniques; Exploring the Measurement Invariance of Psychological Instruments - Applications in the Substance Domain; Analysis With Missing Data in Prevention Research; Practical Power Analysis for Substance Abuse Health Services Research; Assessing the Methodological Quality of Research in Narrative Reviews and Meta-Analyses.