Findings of a pilot study of motivational interviewing with pregnant drinkers

TitleFindings of a pilot study of motivational interviewing with pregnant drinkers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsHandmaker, NS, Miller, WR, Manicke, M
JournalJournal of Studies on Alcohol
PublisherAlcohol Research Documentation
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0096-882X
Accession Number1999-10272-018. First Author & Affiliation: Handmaker, Nancy Sheehy
KeywordsAlcohol Drinking Patterns, Health Education, Health Promotion, interviews, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Prenatal Exposure, Written Communication, written information vs motivational interview on health of unborn baby, alcohol consumption, pregnant females with prior alcohol consumption (mean age 24 yrs), 2 mo follow-up

42 pregnant women (mean age 24 yrs) who reported alcohol consumption participated in a pilot study of motivational interviewing. Following a comprehensive alcohol use assessment, the participants were randomly assigned to receive either written information about the risks related to drinking during pregnancy or a 1-hr motivational interview. The motivational interview was an empathic, client-centered, but directive session focusing on the health of the participants' unborn babies. Results show that at the end of a 2-mo follow-up period, the 34 women who remained in the study had a significant reduction in alcohol consumption and peak intoxication levels. Women who had reported the highest blood alcohol concentration levels during early pregnancy showed a significantly greater reduction in their estimated blood alcohol concentrations at follow-up (during later pregnancy) if assigned to the treatment vs control condition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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