Team resilience for young restaurant workers: research-to-practice adaptation and assessment

J Occup Health Psychol. 2010 Jul;15(3):223-36. doi: 10.1037/a0019379.


This paper describes a method for taking a known prevention intervention and modifying it to suit young restaurant workers. Such workers are at high risk for alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse according to national surveys. While evidence-based programs for AOD prevention exist, they have not been delivered to restaurants. Accordingly, an adaptation methodology was developed by integrating curricula from a previous evidence-based program with research on resilience and input from stakeholders, such as young restaurant workers, their managers, trainers, and subject matter experts. A new curriculum (Team Resilience) maintained fidelity to the original program while incorporating stakeholder insights. At the end of each of three training sessions, participants (n = 124) rated their awareness of AOD risks, help-seeking orientation, and personal resilience. Ratings tended to increase across sessions, showing participants perceived benefits from Team Resilience. Discussion highlights the need for research-to-practice protocols in occupational health psychology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Health
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Restaurants*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Workforce
  • Young Adult