Prev Sci (2011) 12:118–120 DOI 10.1007/s11121-011-0218-5 William B. Hansen Published online: 3 May 2011 Society for Prevention Research 2011 Ideas about replication have been with us for a long time. these are worthy of an anti-thesis. My intent is to provide On the one hand, the ability to reproduce findings is an one. I take as my point of departure my interpretation of essential tenet of science. The same methods should what was implied by Herodotus. produce similar results. On the other hand, we are faced Can there be replication in prevention science? Prevention with the conundrum first suggested by Herodotus who is research has been funded and pursued systematically for over credited with the thought that replication may not be 35 years. Narrowly considered, prevention research focuses possible. He framed his idea as a truism: One cannot step on the ability of public health, psychosocial, environmental into the same stream twice. His logic was that both the and ecological interventions to deter the onset of undesirable stream and the person stepping into it were ever changing. behaviors and the occurrence of negative outcomes. As such, Hence, replication is not possible. a primary focus of research has been on
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Published: May 3, 2011
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