Qualitative Analysis of Administrator, Provider, and Stakeholder Views on the Costs and Benefits of a Treatment for Problematic Sexual Behavior of Youth


Evidence-based treatment for youth with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) has the potential for a broad range of costs and benefits, raising the importance of querying its public health impact. This qualitative study examined the impact of treatment for youth with PSB through content analysis of interviews (N = 57) with service agency administrators, treatment providers, and professional stakeholders in communities where recent implementation of interventions for youth with PSB had occurred. Interviewees emphasized multi-level impacts of the program on families (e.g., knowledge, well-being), communities (e.g., public safety, education), and public agencies (e.g., caseloads, stress). Implications for comprehensively evaluating the impact of PSB interventions are discussed.

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We are grateful for the interviewees who made time to express their thoughts and views on PSB of youth, as well as the broader efforts of personnel at each of sites described in this study. We are also thankful to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for funding this research. The manuscript also benefited from the comments of two anonymous reviewers.


This project was supported by Grant 2010-WP-BX-K062 and 2013-MU-MU-K102 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

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Mundey, P., Slemaker, A., Dopp, A.R. et al. Qualitative Analysis of Administrator, Provider, and Stakeholder Views on the Costs and Benefits of a Treatment for Problematic Sexual Behavior of Youth. Adm Policy Ment Health 47, 126–137 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00978-3

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  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Problematic sexual behavior
  • Qualitative research
  • Implementation
  • Public health impact