Motivational interviewing

TitleMotivational interviewing
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsNagy, P
EditorDulcan, MK
Book TitleDulcan's textbook of child and adolescent psychiatry
PublisherAmerican Psychiatric
Place PublishedArlington, VA
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-1-58562-323-5
KeywordsMental Health Services, motivational interviewing, Psychotherapeutic Resistance, resistant youth, Risk Taking, risk-taking youth

(from the chapter) Dealing with resistant and risk-taking youth can be a special challenge for the child and adolescent mental health specialist. It maybe particularly difficult to motivate change when the young patient is engaged in behaviors, such as substance abuse, sexual risk-taking, or driving fast cars, that are positively reinforced by social, developmental, or biological conditions. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an effective approach for raising problem awareness and facilitating change exploration with individuals who may be resistant, stuck, or not yet "ready" to make behavioral changes. MI uses a client centered, collaborative approach that follows a particular set of principles and uses a certain set of skills and techniques (Miller and Rollnick 1991). While MI has been primarily studied with adults, it is now being used with children and adolescents seen in a variety of settings including pediatric practice, schools, juvenile justice settings, and emergency rooms (Feldstein and Ginsburg 2006). This chapter provides a brief description of MI, a summary of the research supporting the use of MI with children and adolescents, and practical guidelines and strategies for implementing MI. It addresses developmental issues, as well as implications for future research and recommendations for further study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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