Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Developmental Framework

Matching Interventions to Setting

It’s also important to consider the “where” of an intervention. Children develop competencies in a range of settings. In just one day, a child might move from his home to school, then to after-school day-care, then on to a neighborhood park to play with friends. Each of these settings plays a role in a child’s development. As individuals progress through their youth and into adulthood, the significance of setting in shaping behavioral health evolves. For example, when individuals are very young, immediate family members play a key role in shaping development. But as children mature their friends and peers become significantly more influential, which introduces new risk and protective factors in- and out-of-school.


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