Development and Psychopathology


Social Policy Implications of Research in Developmental Psychopathology

Social policy and prevention in mental health


EMORY L. COWEN a1c1 and JOSEPH A. DURLAK a2c1
a1 University of Rochester
a2 Loyola University of Chicago

Abstract

This article presents policy recommendations relating to two aspects of primary prevention in mental health: (a) preventing adverse negative outcomes and (b) building health and wellness from the start and maintaining it thereafter. Recommendations for reducing diverse negative outcomes and end states reflect interconnections and bidirectional influences among physical, social–interpersonal, cognitive–academic, and “mental health” outcomes.


Correspondence:
c1 Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Emory L. Cowen, Center for Community Study, University of Rochester, 575 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620, or Joseph A. Durlak, Department of Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626.