Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2011

Abstract

Client language during Motivational Interviewing interventions is an important predictor of drinking outcomes, but there are inconsistencies in the literature regarding what aspects of client language are most predictive. We characterized the structure of client language by factor analyzing frequency counts of several categories of client speech. The results provide limited support for a model proposed by Miller et al. (2006) and Amrhein et al. (2003) but with some important differences. While Amrhein et al. (2003) found that only increasing strength in client commitment language predicted behavior change, the current study revealed that client language preparatory to commitment predicted drinking outcomes.

Journal

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Journal ISSN

0893-164X

Volume

25

Issue

3

First Page

439

Last Page

445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1037/a0023129

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