In: Part III Prevention in Pyschiatric Speciliaties in Prevention in Psychiatry. 1994; 115-129
With thanks to the Royal College of Psychiatrists for their support for this project and for giving permission to reproduce this chapter.
I. Kolvin "Child psychiatry", pp. 115-129 in E. Paykel & R. Jenkins (eds.), "Part III Prevention in Pyschiatric Speciliaties in Prevention in Psychiatry." (Gaskell, 1994).
The classic approach to prevention of psychiatric problems in childhood was based upon the work of Caplan (1964), who described three different levels of prevention - primary, secondary and tertiary. In theory, prevention is an attractive and powerful concept and in relation to it, phrases such as 'cure is costly - prevention is priceless' were coined.