Helping people help themselves. [Review of the book, Promoting health and mental health in children, youth, and families.]

C. J. Valez-Blasinia
George W. Albee


According to the reviewers, this is a stimulating, valuable, and useful sample of programs designed to improve health and mental health in a range of different groups in the United States. The focus is somewhat narrow, emphasizing a few major health and mental health problems (child abuse, childhood injury and road safety, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, AIDS) and the promotion of social competence and social support. An introductory chapter reviews behavioral approaches to prevention in the community, and a final chapter reviews community-wide approaches to promoting health.