Motivational interviewing: A special ethical dilemma?

TitleMotivational interviewing: A special ethical dilemma?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsWithers, JMJ
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1352-46581469-1833
Accession Number1998-04654-002. First Author & Affiliation: Withers, Jacqueline M. J.
Keywordsbehavior change, Behavior modification, ethical aspects of therapeutic motivational interviewing intervention for behavior change, clients with problem behavior, commentary, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Professional Ethics

Comments on the article by W. R. Miller (see record 1995-10478-001) concerning the ethics of motivational intervention. Motivational interviewing is typically used when a therapist perceives a need for behavior change in someone who is ambivalent about such change. Miller discussed what was manipulative about this approach and considered both a descriptive and evaluative component. The ethics of motivational interviewing are considered here, within the context of psychological therapy in a general sense, and questions whether the ethical issues relevant to motivational interviewing are different from other psychological interventions. A distinction between the goals and the means of obtaining therapeutic goals is suggested as useful. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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