LEVELS OF PREVENTION AND ROLE OF A NURSE:
Caplan describes the levels of prevention as follows:
1) Primary Prevention
It is concerned with reduction of incidence of new cases of mental disorders in the population by combating harmful forces that operate in the community, and by strengthening the capacity of the people to withstand stress.
2) Secondary Prevention
It is defined as reduction of the duration of mental disorders.
3) Tertiary Prevention
This is defined as reduction of the rate of residual defects that follow mental disorder in the affected population.