The Nurture Effect

How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World

A fascinating look at how nurturing environments can increase people’s well-being in virtually every aspect of our society — from early childhood education to corporate practices. The author, a research psychologist in Oregon, is one of the nation's leading experts on how to prevent behavioral and psychological problems in children and teens. The author explores a wide range of topics, hypothesizing that if we can tackle smoking as a nation, then we can create a society where every person can thrive. It’s a compelling read about the potential of behavioral science to help solve critical social problems.

252 pages. ©2015.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

dannaw

Review posted October 10, 2019

5

A great book. It gives simple solutions to complex societal issues. By nurturing people we can help reverse ills of society. It is a great read! We can all have the happiness we do desperately want and need, personally and globally.

Annette Leong

Review posted October 9, 2019

4

Tony Biglan's book, The Nurture Effect, was inspiring to read. It aligns perfectly with my work in training Parenting Educator's to use positive parenting approaches with teaching parents about the importance of children's dental health. His inclusion of specific action steps for a variety of stakeholders was welcome, and the scope of the book is impressive.

PatriciaSnyder

Review posted September 22, 2019

5

This book balances research, scenarios, and practical guidance broken into categories, from citizens and parents to those who make policy. It links studies to a wide variety of daily activities and societal approaches. This was so information dense that I found that it wasn't a quick read. Rather, it is food for contemplation, investigation, and consideration of action.

realestate

Review posted September 18, 2019

3

ez read the environment you are raised in follows you

angiedgraves

Review posted September 17, 2019

4

This was a very helpful, insightful book.

aaronwilder13

Review posted September 5, 2019

3

Eye opening book

Christen Mansuetti

Review posted September 4, 2019

4

I love how The Nurture Effect included multiple elements of how human behavior develops. The broad scope of how how important families, schools, and society all play a role and are all responsible for developing well-being in everyone. I believe that with all of the violence and aggression our society has developed toward one another we could all benefit from reading this book. The book made the connection with how stress can affect our behavior and how mindfulness can be a big tool in our well-being. Kudos to the authors for putting the pieces together and helping to solve the puzzle of how to help us grow in empathy as a society.

Nw1109

Review posted August 31, 2019

5

This book was really helpful in my understanding of my work with children and how I will be a parent someday.

Patricia Jarrett

Review posted July 30, 2019

5

This book has helped me to understand how important it is to provide a good and nurturing environment for our children and youth, I learned that as a parent and teacher I can make a difference for our generations. Thank you!

onalee Mansor

Review posted July 23, 2019

5

This is an excellent book with practical methods of how to nurture families in our communities to raise standards of living for the poverty stricken. Doing this requires vested families, schools, community and business to improve outcomes for families and children and make our worlds healthier for all.

Dspears07

Review posted July 21, 2019

4

Excellent read

Tsecrest

Review posted July 16, 2019

4

I like this book because it opens the world to a debate that has been questions for years and will be discussed for years to come. Nature vs. Nurture. This has helped me to understand the psychological aspects of children and how to connect with them on a better level of understanding.

kwalker

Review posted June 6, 2019

5

Great book!

dougsannes

Review posted May 15, 2019

4

Nature vs Nurture? Great read on how we can made great strides in our societal outcomes by cultivating compassionate, positive, nurturing environments.

KBurnham

Review posted April 30, 2019

5

What a lovely book! I especially like Action Implications in this book. so helpful in helping the reader put it all together.

krystlemoxley

Review posted April 27, 2019

4

I work with a group if teens in a psychiatric residential setting. I liked this book but it is not the I depth topic I was hoping for. I would suggest it, but wish it was a little more focused.

LelaniaKetola

Review posted April 23, 2019

5

Very good. Captures the importance of behavioral science.