Comments on Dr. Foxcroft’s Classification System

Comments on Dr. Foxcroft’s Classification System Prev Sci (2014) 15:823–824 DOI 10.1007/s11121-014-0464-4 Anthony Biglan Published online: 29 January 2014 Society for Prevention Research 2014 What is the purpose of a taxonomic system for prevention? environment.” Informational interventions “are intended to From a functional contextualist’s perspective (Biglan and directly improve knowledge and awareness, for example Hayes 1996; Hayes et al. 2012), one would hope that the through challenging pre-existing beliefs and attitudes about system contributes to the prediction and influence of behavior health risk behaviours, or by simply providing information with precision, scope, and depth (Biglan and Hayes 1996; about risks and harms.” Apparently, these categories are Hayes et al. 2012). We precisely predict and influence a “functional” in the sense that they describe three types of phenomenon when we can use a limited number of concepts functional effects on the behavior to be prevented. that unambiguously apply to the phenomenon or its context. One concern I have with this taxonomy concerns the pre- Our analyses are broad in scope when they apply to a wide cision of its concepts. One would hope that each concept range of phenomena. An analysis has depth when it coheres denotes a set of events that is distinct from the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prevention Science Springer Journals

Comments on Dr. Foxcroft’s Classification System

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Publisher
Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2014 by Society for Prevention Research
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Health Psychology; Child and School Psychology
ISSN
1389-4986
eISSN
1573-6695
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11121-014-0464-4
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Prev Sci (2014) 15:823–824 DOI 10.1007/s11121-014-0464-4 Anthony Biglan Published online: 29 January 2014 Society for Prevention Research 2014 What is the purpose of a taxonomic system for prevention? environment.” Informational interventions “are intended to From a functional contextualist’s perspective (Biglan and directly improve knowledge and awareness, for example Hayes 1996; Hayes et al. 2012), one would hope that the through challenging pre-existing beliefs and attitudes about system contributes to the prediction and influence of behavior health risk behaviours, or by simply providing information with precision, scope, and depth (Biglan and Hayes 1996; about risks and harms.” Apparently, these categories are Hayes et al. 2012). We precisely predict and influence a “functional” in the sense that they describe three types of phenomenon when we can use a limited number of concepts functional effects on the behavior to be prevented. that unambiguously apply to the phenomenon or its context. One concern I have with this taxonomy concerns the pre- Our analyses are broad in scope when they apply to a wide cision of its concepts. One would hope that each concept range of phenomena. An analysis has depth when it coheres denotes a set of events that is distinct from the

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Prevention ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 29, 2014

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