Objective: Articulate prevention principles for children and adolescents

The Sixteen Prevention Principles for Children and Adolescents is a set of evidenced-based principles built around the concepts of risk and protective factors, prevention program planning, and prevention program delivery. Prevention scientists know what works and what does not work: therefore, the student must be aware of these principles. In this exercise you will familiarize yourself with them.

One of the best resources for the prevention field is the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s prevention website. Access the website at the following link:

Prevention Principles | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (

  • Write a 1-page response that summarizes the prevention principles.