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

Advocate

Review posted March 21, 2020

2

One person's vapid dream of a nurturing society with very little information and even less that's meaningful. The author ignores systematic problems as though just being nice to each other will somehow overcome capitalism and make everything better.

Danafmonroe

Review posted March 16, 2020

4

I found this interesting but it is dense. I’m looking forward to applying this in my classroom.

cheyennelacanlale

Review posted February 21, 2020

5

I have been a part of this program for over a year now. I have to say that "The Nurture Effect" was my favorite. Not only is it touching and inspiring but the writers are from Oregon and studied at Oregon State University!!! I am from Oregon so know this was awesome. I learned so many things, including marketing, that I can feel confident in deflecting my child from the horrible anti-socialism that is out there.

mdoran

Review posted February 11, 2020

4

Great book that challenges the way we live and how nurturing environments can improve peoples well being.

Angie Alden

Review posted February 3, 2020

3

Believing deeply that evolution is the basis for man's development and progress, the author advocates that nurturing the young and advocating for peace throughout families and society will change both. This, of course, assumes that man is basically good and has the strength and discipline to counterbalance any tendencies away from goodness. I found this book to be idealistic, a call to arms for all who believe man can improve by his own efforts. If you believe that the struggles of mankind are due mostly to environment, then this is a book for you. If you believe otherwise, look elsewhere.

heatherg

Review posted January 13, 2020

4

An interesting read. Has some good information about taking care of others and how that can create an environment that we would all want to be a part of.

Sebastian

Review posted January 9, 2020

5

An excellent overview of the effects of optimism and determination to improve the lives of our fellow-citizens. It is a blend of critique of our selfish individualistic culture and a call for compassionate living. Recommended.

Gnixon

Review posted December 31, 2019

4

Very interesting book - good ideas and thoughts, passed it on to others to read.

Pdxchristine

Review posted December 27, 2019

4

Research and action items in these chapters can give you tangible things to do in order to create positive changes in your community. It also includes a lot of citations and recommendations for other works to read.

garciac113

Review posted December 26, 2019

4

Good insight. Was able to use this with my foster families!

[email protected]

Review posted December 21, 2019

5

This book Aline’s with my thoughts and beliefs especially the chapter on nurturing families as I am a home visitor. Great read!

jimmieD

Review posted December 14, 2019

5

Tony makes a great case for solving many of the problems of the world. While some might take exception to what might be seen as anti capitalistic policies, if his suggestions were generally adopted the world would be a better place

Loriann848

Review posted December 4, 2019

5

Wow! Surprised with the insight thought I'd learn less but quite fulfilling

aileahd

Review posted November 22, 2019

3

Interesting read, but behavioralism is not my way of thinking and I disagreed with many of his ideas.

youngsa

Review posted November 8, 2019

5

Great!

dgreve

Review posted November 4, 2019

4

Great read for working in all fields of social service work

crhughes72

Review posted October 30, 2019

5

This book has been a wonderful confirmation of my majoring in psychology. Being my final semester in my bachelor's journey, I found this book to be worth it's weight in gold!

kwhitso

Review posted October 28, 2019

4

This book offers interesting perspectives using behavioral science to help solve social problems teens and society struggle with--to build resilience and prevent behavioral and psychological problems in youth. The author used real world examples of ways to use research to plan and implement nurturing programs.

kathy3842

Review posted October 25, 2019

4

I like that this book gives you ideas how to change behaviors. It has ideas how we are the way we are and how to help people help the people in our lives by creating a nurturing environment. This works in both homes and workplaces.

mandy.stanley

Review posted October 25, 2019

5

Excellent read. I apply information from it all the time in my professional career

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.