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Tinkering with Perfection: Theory Development in the Intervention Cultural Adaptation Field
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: Child and Youth Care Forum, ISSN 1053-1890, E-ISSN 1573-3319, Vol. 41, 149-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Testing evidence-based interventions (EBIs) outside of their home countryhas become increasingly commonplace. There is a need for theoretically guided researchon how to best create and test the effects of culturally adapted interventions.

Objective To illustrate how the field might raise the scientific and practical value offuture effectiveness and dissemination trials of culturally adapted interventions, as well asto provide support for theoretically informed research on this subject to take greater root.

Methods Nine theories that offer guidance on how to adapt existing EBIs for a newcultural group were summarized and evaluated.

Results Commonalities among the selected theories included a focus on the need forcollaboration as part of the adaptation process and shared emphasis on taking systematicsteps to select an intervention to adapt, as well as calls for adaptations to be guided byspecific types of empirical studies. Among the theories, variability existed in terms of whatconstituted an adaptation.

Conclusions As EBIs go global, intervention adaptation promises to be the subject ofsubstantial future scholarly attention. There is a need to develop systematic evidence-basedmethods that allow for some degree of adaptation, while still bringing about EBIs’ desiredbenefits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 41, 149-171 p.
Keyword [en]
Commentary, Intervention, Cultural adaptation, Cultural tailoring
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130237DOI: 10.1007/s10566-011-9162-6ISI: 000301859800004OAI: diva2:927477
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-12 Last updated: 2016-09-20Bibliographically approved

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