Examining the Effects of a Brief, Group-Based Motivational Implementation Strategy on Mechanisms of Teacher Behavior Change

Madeline Larson, Clayton R. Cook, Stephanie K. Brewer, Michael D. Pullmann, Corinne Hamlin, James L. Merle, Mylien Duong, Larissa Gaias, Margaret Sullivan, Nicole Morrell, Tara Kulkarni, Mollie Weeks, Aaron R. Lyon

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Training and consultation are core implementation strategies used to support the adoption and delivery of evidence-based prevention programs (EBPPs), but are often insufficient alone to effect teacher behavior change. Motivational interviewing (MI) and related behavior change techniques (e.g., strategic education, social influence, implementation planning) delivered in a group format offer promising supplements to training and consultation to improve EBPP implementation. Beliefs and Attitudes for Successful Implementation in Schools for Teachers (BASIS-T) is a theoretically informed, motivational implementation strategy delivered in a group format prior to and immediately after EBPP training. The purpose of this study was to examine the proximal effects of BASIS-T on hypothesized mechanisms of behavior change (e.g., attitudes, subjective norms, intentions to implement) in the context of teachers receiving training and consultation to implement the Good Behavior Game. As part of a pilot trial, 83 elementary school teachers from 9 public elementary schools were randomly assigned (at the school-level to reduce contamination across participants) to a BASIS-T (n = 44) or active comparison control (n = 39) condition, with both conditions receiving Good Behavior Game (GBG) training and consultation. A series of mixed effects models revealed meaningful effects favoring BASIS-T on a number of hypothesized mechanisms of behavior change leading to increased motivation to implement GBG. The implications, limitations, and directions for future research on the use of MI with groups of individuals and other behavior change techniques to increase the yield of training and consultation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPrevention Science
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This publication was supported in part by funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES; R305A170292) and by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; F31MH117947). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of IES or NIMH.


  • Behavioral intentions
  • Good Behavior Game
  • Health Action Process Approach
  • Implementation strategy
  • Individual determinants
  • Theory of planned behavior

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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