Organizational Context and Individual Adaptability in Promoting Perceived Importance and Use of Best Practices for Substance Use

Danica K. Knight, George W. Joe, David T. Morse, Corey Smith, Hannah Knudsen, Ingrid Johnson, Gail A. Wasserman, Nancy Arrigona, Larkin S. McReynolds, Jennifer E. Becan, Carl Leukefeld, Tisha R.A. Wiley

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Abstract

This study examines associations among organizational context, staff attributes, perceived importance, and use of best practices among staff in community-based, juvenile justice (JJ) agencies. As part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Juvenile Justice—Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System (JJ-TRIALS) study, 492 staff from 36 JJ agencies were surveyed about the perceived importance and use of best practices within their organization in five substance use practice domains: screening, assessment, standard referral, active referral, and treatment support. Structural equation models indicated that supervisory encouragement and organizational innovation/flexibility were associated with greater individual adaptability. Adaptability (willingness to try new ideas, use new procedures, adjust quickly to change), was positively correlated with importance ratings. Importance ratings were positively associated with reported use of best practices. Organizational climates that support innovation likely affect use of practices through staff attributes and perceptions of the importance of such services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-216
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019

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© 2018, National Council for Behavioral Health.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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