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Community Ment Health J. 2016 Jul;52(5):559-67. doi: 10.1007/s10597-016-9997-2. Epub 2016 Feb 17.

Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change: Under-Explored Resources for Suicide Intervention.

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1
Social Work Program, University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St. MS 119, Toledo, OH, 43606, USA. Janet.hoy@utoledo.edu.
2
Social Work Program, University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St. MS 119, Toledo, OH, 43606, USA.

Abstract

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a robust evidence-based intervention that has been used to evoke intrinsic motivation to change behaviors. MI as an intervention focuses on facilitating movement through the stages of the transtheoretical model of change. A study by Coombs et al. (Substance abuse treatment and the stages of change: Selecting and planning interventions, Guilford Press, New York, 2001) demonstrated that suicidal individuals move through such stages toward suicidal behavior, yet research and applications of MI for suicide have been minimal. In hopes of generating increased exploration of MI for suicidality, this article reviews the theoretical rationale and existing empirical research on applications of MI with suicidal individuals. Potential uses of MI in suicide risk assessment/crisis intervention, as well as an adjunct to longer-term treatment, are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Crisis intervention; Motivational interviewing; Suicide; Trans-theoretical model of change

PMID:
26886871
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-016-9997-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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