PREVENGO group researchers seek new scientific knowledge concerning the prevention of behavior that risks health, from different aspects, contexts, and exposed groups. Its initial approach centers around analysis and subsequent intervention for psychosocial and clinical problems related to lifestyle and quality of life. It is an interdisciplinary research group, with research personnel from the UMH Department of Health Psychology and the Drug Addiction Research Institute (INID) assigned to different areas of knowledge that include social psychology; personality, psychological assessment and treatment; and sociology. It collaborates externally with the universities of Alicante, Valencia, and Murcia; the Instituto de Ciencias Educativas (ICSE) of Portugal; Luis Amigó University (Medellín, Colombia); and the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat Valenciana. It pursues the following objectives:
a. Identify psychosocial processes involved in lifestyle and quality of life.
b. Produce intervention strategies that foster healthy behavior.
c. Develop preventive resources and instruments that facilitate and improve intervention.
d. Carry out epidemiological studies on the quality of life and lifestyle of groups at risk.
e. Analyze the importance of new psychosocial variables in prevention processes and promotion of healthy behavior.
f. Study the dynamics of populations based on their sociodemographic characteristics in relation to the acquisition, development, and adherence to healthy behavior and lifestyles.
g. Create valid and effective educational material adapted to different populations.
h. Study the effect of new technologies on the lifestyles of specific groups.
i. Design and apply training courses based on the results obtained in research on healthy behavior and the variables involved for both health sector professionals as well as public and private groups and institutions.