Prevention science has arrived at the point where it is realistic to experimentally evaluate comprehensive interventions to improve child and adolescent development in high poverty neighborhoods. This presentation will review the evidence in support of this statement. Numerous family and school interventions that have been shown to prevent multiple problems and to enhance the development of prosocial behavior are available. I will then describe one such comprehensive intervention that has been developed on the basis of this evidence. It includes evidence-based programs, policies, and evidence-based kernels. I will then lay out the multiple baseline experimental design that is proposed for evaluating it. In addition, I will describe work we have been doing on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy to help organizations with issues of stress, social cohesion, and organizational flexibility.
Review Tony Biglan’s biographical statement.