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Barriers to Treatment

Understanding Specific Responsivity
ByEdward J. Latessa, Shelley L. Johnson, Deborah Koetzle

In this chapter, we examine the least understood and most neglected principle: specific responsivity, or the barriers that often get in the way of treatment. These barriers can include individual-level factors such as lack of motivation, cognitive ability, literacy, and mental health, to name just a few. It can also include more external characteristics, such as homelessness, transportation, and child care. We review how to assess barriers and develop strategies to address them.