Simon Lenton, PhD, MPsych(clin), BPsych, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
A framework for prevention
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
2005 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 49–55, January 2005
How to Cite
LENTON, S. (2005), A framework for prevention. Drug and Alcohol Review, 24: 49–55. doi: 10.1080/09595230500124941
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Received 1 August 2003, Accepted 21 September 2004
Prevention activity often occurs at different levels of community and social network. At the smallest level it could occur among a group of drug users and their peers, at the largest level, it could take the form of international drug treaties and conventions. Clearly, there are a number of ways of facilitating changes at these different levels of community and social network. This paper describes a framework that has been used by the National Drug Research Institute. It is useful in explaining that various prevention activities can operate at different community levels and in different contexts, and describes their mechanisms of action. The framework borrows from, and adapts, the ‘alcohol prevention conceptual model’ of Holder and the ‘conditional matrix’ of Strauss and Corbin. The framework is limited in that it is not a fully conceptualized, data-based or theory-driven model that specifies how its elements relate to one another. Despite these limitations it has proved to be useful in planning, understanding and describing prevention activity.