Prevention-Based Approaches to Social Policy: The Case of Early Childhood Development

Refereed Journal Article




Dr Alan Tapper, Professor John Phillimore



Published In:

Evidence Base

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Following a review of Australian evidence concerning interventions in early childhood, this article identifies a number of key factors that appear to be central in promoting children’s psychological well-being and preventing social and psychological dysfunction in later life, including good parenting, children’s temperaments, family and parental harmony, and family structure and stability. The first systematic research of its kind to synthesise evidence on literature and interventions to date highlights their mixed success. Importantly, it points out the need for further research to accurately assess the effectiveness of existing programs, especially those in Australia and at their early stages, whilst cautioning how this evidence is interpreted.

How to cite:

Tapper, A., and J. Phillimore. 2012. “Prevention-Based Approaches to Social Policy: The Case of Early Childhood Development.” Evidence Base 2: 1-22.