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Sustaining Treatment for Youth With Problematic Sexual Behavior: Administrator and Stakeholder Perspectives Following Implementation

NCJ Number
Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Dated: 2020
Peter Mundey; Alexandra Slemaker; Alex R Dopp; Lana O Beasley; Jane F Silovsky
Date Published
10 pages
This study examined administrator and stakeholder perspectives on factors that influence the sustainability of Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).
After initial implementation of PSB-CBT, qualitative interviews (N=42) on the sustainability of services were conducted with treatment program administrators (n=10) and community stakeholders (n=32) from six sites across the United States. Interviewees discussed key facilitators and barriers for sustainability and identified the following factors as impacting the sustainability of PSB-CBT: public relations, policy, inter-agency collaboration, funding, and workforce issues. Overall, the findings were consistent with the EPIS (Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment) model for implementation in public service sectors, but proposed modifications are also noted. Findings underscore the value of qualitative research in identifying best practices for sustaining valuable therapeutic interventions. The authors argue that future efforts to sustain evidence-based interventions, especially those dealing with sensitive topics around which misinformation and stigma are associated, should prioritize public relations (i.e., outreach, education) in addition to the intervention. 55 references (publisher abstract modified)