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Community Ment Health J. 2003 Feb;39(1):3-15.

Use of the Transtheoretical Model for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

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  • 1School of Nursing, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA.


Because of the interactive nature between their mental disorder and their substance-use disorder, individuals with co-occurring disorders may experience factors that complicate behavioral change, such as considering abstinence from alcohol and drugs. This study examined the relationships between the stages-of-change and the processes of change, constructs of the Transtheoretical Model by Prochaska and DiClemente. There was partial support for the theory. The findings suggest that individuals with co-occurring disorders require support and clinical interventions throughout the entire change process.

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