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Grounded Theory and Backward Mapping: Exploring the Implementation Context for Wraparound
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research (2007)
  • Janet S. Walker, Portland State University
  • Nancy Koroloff, Portland State University
Within children’s mental health, there is an increasing demand for wider implementation of wraparound and other interventions that can provide comprehensive, individualized, family-driven care. Unfortunately, implementation has proven difficult because these approaches do not necessarily flourish within traditionally organized agencies and systems. This has highlighted the need for information about how mental health agencies and systems must evolve if they are to provide a hospitable implementation environment for these interventions. A first step in developing this information is through research that advances conceptual and theoretical understanding of the impact of contextual factors on implementation. At the same time, there is an immediate need for practical information to guide decision making and policy development in settings where implementation is being undertaken. This article describes a study of wraparound implementation that used a combination of qualitative strategies to meet both of these needs simultaneously. It is argued that these strategies are particularly well suited to the study of emerging practices that reflect—and help drive—transformation in mental health systems.
  • Social work research,
  • Children's mental health services,
  • Systems of care for children's mental health
Publication Date
October, 2007
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2007) Springer
Citation Information
Janet S. Walker and Nancy Koroloff. "Grounded Theory and Backward Mapping: Exploring the Implementation Context for Wraparound" The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Vol. 34 Iss. 4 (2007)
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