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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Paper Session #31
Prevention and Risky Behavior
Thursday, November 29, 2001
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
White Hall
Area: CBM
Chair: Hector E. Ayala-Velazquez (National University of Mexico)
Dissemination of a Secondary Prevention Program for Problem Drinkers in the Mexican Health System
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
HECTOR E. AYALA-VELAZQUEZ (National University of Mexico)
Abstract: Behavioral programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse have shown to be effective and cost-efficient. However these programs have not been adopted by governmental health agencies in most countries as the programs of choice to address this growing public health problem. This paper describes the results of a systematic dissemination effort by researchers at the National University of Mexico to procure the adoption of behavioral brief intervention program for problem drinkers as the model of choice to address alcohol abuse by the Mexican Health System. Research on barriers for diffusion of innovation, supervision of program fidelity and training procedures is described and discussion of overall results in terms of the development of public health policy as an appropriate area of endeavor for behavior analysis is presented.
Prevention and Risk Like Ways of Behaving
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
ELSA C. RITTER ALVAREZ (Caracas, Venezuela), Ana Redondo (Caracas, Venezuela)
Abstract: The competition of other disciplines apart from the medical ones is increasingly necessary for the solution of complex health problems. Psychology expands on the range of action of medicine adding new trends in the understanding and attacking them. In this work health and illness are conceived as a psychological behavior feasible to explain from their contingency relationships (where psychological and social aspects are integrated). An instrument that examined the assessment of knowledge about health and prevention repertoires and risk of university students was elaborated. From the assessment of theses results we may conclude about the importance of establishing and strengthening prevention behaviors rather than reporting and reinforcing the knowledge about health.



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