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Keywords:

  • Homework;
  • treatment adherence;
  • youth therapy;
  • compliance

Background:  This study examined strategies youth therapists use to attempt to enhance their clients’ therapeutic homework completion.

Method:  Thirty-two youth mental health therapists participated. All participants completed a ‘Follow-Through Strategy’ survey and 13 also participated in a semi-structured interview. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed.

Results:  On the survey, therapists reported using a broad range of strategies to attempt to enhance therapeutic homework completion. Interview results indicated participants emphasized strategies related to therapeutic engagement to attempt to enhance homework completion.

Conclusions:  Future studies should employ prospective design and examine the differential and collective impact of strategies therapists described using.