Youth Therapist Strategies to Enhance Client Homework Completion
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2009
© 2009 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 103–109, May 2010
How to Cite
Houlding, C., Schmidt, F. and Walker, D. (2010), Youth Therapist Strategies to Enhance Client Homework Completion. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 15: 103–109. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2009.00533.x
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2009
- treatment adherence;
- youth therapy;
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.