Theory-BasedPrimary Prevention Program

Theory-BasedPrimary Prevention Program

Socialcognitive theory,as applied in psychology, purports that components of a person’sknowledge attainment are directly linked to what is seen in theframework of socialexperiences. Adolescenceis a critical moment when one is at high risk of mental disorders.Because of its prevalence, depression is regarded as a lifethreatening condition that needs a well modeled primary interventionprogram (Beardslee&amp Cooper, 2003).

Thesetting for the new intervention will be in school. The program willbe administered on a group of five students suspected to be at highpotential of depression and it will be custom-made for them based ontheir risk profiles of depression. The key objective is to gauge theefficacy of the new approach for primary avoidance of depression.First, therewill be the need for workshops for family medical practitionersregarding the intervention. They will be educated on strategies thatthey can use in communicating the risk profiles and levels ofdepression.Secondly,there will be guidelines meant for an establishment of elementarypsychotherapeutic associations. It will necessitate effectivefamily-oriented practices and social counseling as well as communityreferrals. Lastly, there will be physicianpracticeswhere they will be required toactivelyempower patientsand provide them withbookletswith themes on depression(Weisz &ampAnton, 2005).

Shortterm goal

Withintwo weeks, the teenagers will start showing signs of reduceddepression as proven by their ability to stay in social groups (Weisz&ampAnton, 2005).

Longterm Goal

Withinsix months, the teenagers will completely withdraw from depression asconfirmed by their ability to manage stress (Tebes&amp Thai, 2014).

Thefeatures included in the program will lead to positive outcomesbecause the targets of the intervention program are healthy persons.Therefore, it will be easy for the intervention practices to beconducted with care. The strength is that the use of school as asetting allows trained staff to play administrative and supportiveroles (Tebes&amp Thai, 2014).


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Tebes,J. K., &amp Thai, N. D. (2014). Evaluation in primary prevention andhealth promotion. In Encyclopediaof primary prevention and health promotion(pp. 69-101). Springer US.

Weisz,J. R., &amp Anton, B. S. (2005). Promoting and protecting youthmental health through evidence-based prevention and treatment.AmericanPsychologist,60(6),628.