Date: 08 Nov 2013

Are Inner Context Factors Related to Implementation Outcomes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Youth Anxiety?

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Abstract

Among the challenges facing the mental health field are the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. The present study investigated the relationships between inner context variables (i.e., adopter characteristics and individual perceptions of intra-organizational factors) and two implementation outcomes—independently rated therapist fidelity on a performance-based role-play (i.e., adherence and skill) and self-reported penetration of cognitive behavioral therapy for youth anxiety following training. A significant relationship was found between inner context variables and fidelity. Specifically, adopter characteristics were associated with adherence and skill; individual perceptions of intra-organizational factors were associated with adherence. Inner context variables were not associated with penetration. Future directions are discussed.

This paper was presented at the National Institutes of Health Dissemination and Implementation Conference in 2010.