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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 Nov-Dec;45(6):827-836. Epub 2016 Nov 17.

Toward Dynamic Adaptation of Psychological Interventions for Child and Adolescent Development and Mental Health.

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a Department of Psychology , University of Toronto.
b Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency , Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital.
c Department of Psychology , Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
d Jacobs Foundation.


Children's and adolescents' mental health needs emphasize the necessity of a new era of translational research to enhance development and yield better lives for children, families, and communities. Developmental, clinical, and translational research serves as a powerful tool for managing the inevitable complexities in pursuit of these goals. This article proposes key ideas that will strengthen current evidence-based intervention practices by creating stronger links between research, practice, and complex systems contexts, with the potential of extending applicability, replicability, and impact. As exemplified in some of the articles throughout this special issue, new research and innovative implementation models will likely contribute to better ways of assessing and dynamically adapting structure and intervention practice within mental health systems. We contend that future models for effective interventions with children and adolescents will involve increased attention to (a) the connection of research on the developmental needs of children and adolescents to practice models; (b) consideration of informed contextual and cultural adaptation in implementation; and (c) a rational model of evidence-based planning, using a dynamic, inclusive approach with high support for adaptation, flexibility, and implementation fidelity. We discuss future directions for translational research for researchers, practitioners, and administrators in the field to continue and transform these ideas and their illustrations.

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