Prevention of disruptive behavior problems in children

Anil Chacko, Megan Granski, E. Parham Horn, Michael D. Levy, Victoria Dahl, Rachel S. Lacks, Amrita Ramakrishnan

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This chapter focuses on prevention within the context of a public/population health (PPH) model for addressing disruptive behavior problems/disorders in children. We frame PPH models with a dynamic systems theory, highlighting the nuanced, integrated, and reciprocal nature of key social determinants and microlevel factors in the development and attenuation of disruptive behavior problems/disorders. The chapter highlights key broad social determinants of mental health, which also relate to the development of disruptive behavior problems. The chapter concludes with a discussion of several policies and multi-tiered prevention interventions that form the basis of a PPH model. Select future directions for this work are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopmental Pathways to Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9780128113233
ISBN (Print)9780128113240
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Complexity theory
  • Disruptive behavior problems
  • Dynamic system theory
  • Prevention
  • Public health model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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