Creating pathways to participation: A community-based developmental prevention project in Australia
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Pathways to Prevention is a developmental prevention project focused on the transition to school in a disadvantaged multicultural urban area in Queensland. The project incorporates two elements: The Preschool Intervention Program (PIP) promotes communication and social skills related to school success; and the Family Independence Program (FIP) (parent training, facilitated playgroups, support groups, etc) promotes family capacity to foster child development. Using a quasi-experimental design (N = 597), improvements in boys' but not girls' behaviours over the preschool year were found. FIP reached more than a quarter of the target population, including many difficult-to-reach families experiencing high stress. Case studies and other qualitative data suggest positive outcomes. Copyright 頲005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Children & Society
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The research reported in this paper was funded by grants from the Australian Research Council (Grant Number: C00107593), the Criminology Research Council (Grant Number: CRC 27/01-02), Mission Australia, and core Australian Research Council funding for the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance.