Readiness to Change Drinking Behavior in Female College Students

About the Course:

Motivational interviewing (MI) therapies are effective in reducing high-risk drinking in college populations. Although research supports efficacy of MI prevention strategies in reducing alcohol use, there are little data examining readiness to change (RTC), the underlying theoretical model of MI interventions. The purpose of the present study was to explore RTC variability and drinking behavior and whether MI increases RTC in an intervention group compared with controls.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, July 2009

Authors

Debra L. Kaysen, Ph.D., and Christine M. Lee, Ph.D.; Sean J. Tollison, M.S.; Joseph W. Labrie, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

The authors are with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Sean J. Tollison is with the Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Joseph W. LaBrie is with the Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how readiness to change (RTC) measurements relate to drinking behavior in female college students. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the concept of readiness to change (RTC) and how it relates to college alcohol use.

  2. Describe the method employed by researchers studying RTC variability and drinking behavior, and the question of whether motivational interviewing (MI) increases RTC.

  3. Discuss study results, including weekly diary descriptive statistics, the relationship between RTC and drinking, and intervention effects on drinking and RTC.

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of Addiction Counselor CE.

Membership is free, and you can sign up today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course.

If you're already a member, please login to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.

Exam-related Actions