Incorporate Opportunities For Individualized Format

Incorporate Opportunities For Individualized Format

Although group formats are often necessary for a variety of practical reasons, the evidence indicates that relational interventions using individualized services may be more effective at reducing externalizing behaviors. Because relational interventions emphasize positive and supportive relationships with the provider as a driver of change, one-on-one formats may promote or stimulate those relationships more effectively than group-based formats. Working one-on-one also means that there is greater flexibility to tailor the activities of the program more closely to the individual needs of the youth. This makes it more likely that individual problems or conditions will be a) accurately identified and b) addressed effectively.

In addition, one-on-one formats eliminate the distraction of other peers, which may increase the likelihood that youth engage fully with the intervention and with the provider. Participant responsiveness is a key dimension of successful implementation, and this may be somewhat easier to achieve in an individualized format compared to group. Greater engagement may also mean that youth are able to learn and retain the benefits of the intervention more effectively. Providers have more time to use repetition and modeling, and they can tailor activities to be more relevant to specific problems or interests.