Lessons Learned About Barriers to Implementing School-Based Interventions for Adolescents: Ideas for Enhancing Future Research and Clinical Projects

Erin Girio-Herrera, Caroline J. Ehrlich, Bre Anne A. Danzi, Annette M. La Greca

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Abstract

The majority of youth with mental health problems do not receive treatment, highlighting the critical need to transport evidence-based interventions into community settings, such as schools. Despite being able to reach a large number of adolescents and minority youth, the process of implementing evidence-based interventions to schools is challenging. This paper discusses some expected and unexpected challenges experienced during the implementation of an open trial and a pilot randomized controlled trial examining the acceptability and effectiveness of a school-based preventive intervention for adolescents at risk for internalizing disorders. First, we highlight key programs and findings on preventive interventions for adolescents at risk for depression and anxiety. Next, we provide a brief overview of the preventive intervention we implemented in schools. This provides a context for the section that describes implementation issues and highlights specific challenges and potential solutions for intervention implementation. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for researchers and clinicians interested in implementing school-based mental health services for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-477
Number of pages12
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • barriers
  • intervention
  • school based
  • transportability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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