How international is Prevention Science?

  • Dominated by work in the USA, Europe and Australia

  • These regions also have established Prevention Societies (e.g. SPR, EUSPR)

  • Committed to international collaboration and cooperation within the field

  • Research infrastructures and intervention development/evaluation are uneven

  • But also much activity in low/middle income countries

  • Researchers, non-governmental organisations, international organisations (e.g. UNODC) and government level support to build capacity important

Prevention research worldwide

Prevention Science worldwide

  • Prevention activities are taking place in many countries.
  • Across the globe there is acceptance of the idea that prevention and health/wellness promotion are complementary terms.
  • The educational systems are one of the major contexts where prevention efforts are taking place.
  • The family is a context to implement prevention. Increasing importance is given to effective parenting, both to prevent problems as well as to enhance health and well-being.
  • It is widely accepted that prevention programmes should be comprehensive, i.e., address the person, the family, the community (e. g. school) and engage government and political entities to support prevention.
  • There is wide agreement that cultural adaptation is crucial, no matter how much evidence a prevention programme has already received in other countries/cultural contexts.
  • There is a growing tendency to develop and implement local prevention programmes, even though there is little or no evidence to support their effectiveness.
  • In most countries, central governmental contributions to prevention are limited. Most often prevention interventions are supported and implemented by local administration, educational institutions, and NGOs.

Benefits of international research for individuals

  • Opportunities to:

    • Form new collaborations
    • Be exposed to new ideas and ways of working
    • Learn more about how issues familiar to you operate in unfamiliar settings
  • Making our own assumptions conscious and explicit

  • Providing evidence of international collaboration can be good for your career

  • Benefits for individual researchers should be symbiotic with those for projects and research systems

Materials provided by Amanda Nguyen, Moshe Israelashvili and Jeremy Segrott

International collaboration