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Injuries kill and maim millions each year, and seriously impact the lives of countless loved ones. Yet until recently they’ve been considered a random, normal part of life. Preventing injuries, on the other hand, requires not only effective communication with the public, but also a reliable framework for creating and evaluating suitable interventions.
The Handbook of Injury and Violence Preventionis the first book to address both halves of this challenge, reviewing evidence-based intervention programs in depth so professionals can identify successful, promising, and ineffective (and potentially harmful) prevention strategies. Over fifty experts present the current landscape of intervention methods - from risk reduction to rethinking social norms - as they address some of the most prevalent forms of accidental and violent injury, as well as emerging areas.
- Overview chapters examine the social and economic scope of unintentional and violent injury today
- Extensive literature review of specific intervention programs to prevent violence and injury
- Special chapters on childhood injuries, alcohol-related accidents, and disasters
- "Interventions in the Field" section offers solid guidelines for implementing and improving existing programs
- Critical analysis of issues involved in delivering programs to wider audiences
- Helpful appendices list relevant agencies and professional resources
This dual focus on intervention and application makes the Handbook a bedrock text for professionals involved in delivering or managing prevention programs. Its what-works-now approach gives it particular utility in the graduate classroom, and researchers will benefit from the critical attention paid to knowledge gaps in the field. It is a major resource for any reader committed to reducing the number of incidents just waiting to happen.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Public Health - epidemiology - health - prevention - prevention strategies - trauma
The Epidemiology and Costs of Unintentional and Violent Injuries.- Injury and Violence Prevention Interventions: An Overview.- Effective and Promising Interventions.- Interventions to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults.- Interventions to Prevent Motor Vehicle Injuries.- Interventions to Prevent Drowning.- Interventions to Prevent Residential Fire Injury.- Interventions to Prevent Sports and Recreation-Related Injuries.- Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment.- Interventions to Prevent Youth Violence.- Interventions to Prevent Suicidal Behavior.- Interventions to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence.- Interventions to Prevent Sexual Violence.- Interventions to Prevent Elder Mistreatment.- Cross-Cutting Intervention Issues.- Changing the Built Environment to Prevent Injury.- Changing the Social Environment to Prevent Injuries.- Interventions to Prevent Alcohol-Related Injuries.- Reducing the Misuse of Firearms.- Parenting and the Prevention of Childhood Injuries.- Building Resilience to Mass Trauma Events.- Trends and Challenges in Intervention Research Methods.- Interventions in the Field.- Interpreting Evidence of Effectiveness: How Do You Know When a Prevention Approach Will Work for Your Community?.- Behavioral Interventions for Injury and Violence Prevention.- Developing Interventions When There Is Little Science.- Developing and Implementing Communication Messages.- Cultural Appropriateness in Interventions for Racial and Ethnic Minorities.- Evaluating Fidelity and Effectiveness of Interventions.- Involving the Community in Injury Prevention: An Approach Using Community Readiness Interviews.- Dissemination and Adoption of Effective Interventions and Policies.- Dissemination, Implementation, and Widespread Use of Injury Prevention Interventions.- Encouraging Adoption of Science-Based Interventions: Organizational and Community Issues.- Erratum.