What Motivates Mental Health Clinicians-in-Training to Implement Evidence-Based Assessment? A Survey of Social Work Trainees

Viktor Lushin*, Emily M. Becker-Haimes, David Mandell, Jordan Conrad, Victor Kaploun, Sophia Bailey, Ai Bo, Rinad S. Beidas

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Abstract

Mental health clinicians do not consistently use evidence-based assessment (EBA), a critical component of accurate case conceptualization and treatment planning. The present study used the Unified Theory of Behavior to examine determinants of intentions to use EBA in clinical practice among a sample of Masters’ level social work trainees (N = 241). Social norms had the largest effect on intentions to use EBA. Injunctive norms in reference to respected colleagues accounted for the most variance in EBA intentions. Findings differed for respondents over 29 years of age versus younger respondents. Implications for implementation strategies and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-424
Number of pages14
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2019

Keywords

  • Behavioral health
  • Evidence-based assessment
  • Measurement-based care
  • Pre-service implementation strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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