Understanding Problem Behavior
Founded in 1968, the Prevention Science Program (formerly Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development) is an interdisciplinary effort seeking to understand the nature, course of development, and later life consequences of behaviors that put young people’s and adults’ health and development at risk as well as those that promote positive life course development. We focus on the translation of science to action.
Not only do we do basic research, but we also design and test interventions and work actively with communities to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Throughout this work, we recognize the importance of attending to cultural diversity in experience and a potential need for cultural adaptation of interventions.