Although progress has recently been made in the development of effective prevention programs for children and families, the effective diffusion of programs has received much less attention. Rural communities in particular may face unique barriers in taking advantage of prevention programs. Through a qualitative case study of the implementation of the Rainbows program, a prevention program for children experiencing parental separation, divorce, or death, this article explores school, family, and community resources that may affect the adoption and implementation of this program in rural schools. Perspectives on these issues were shared by 21 school personnel from a single educational region in individual or focus group interviews. Based on these perspectives, a number of recommendations are advanced for enhancing program diffusion, for furthering research on diffusion issues, and for helping educational and psychological consultants bring prevention into the educational mainstream.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation|
|State||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychology (miscellaneous)