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Addict Behav. 2019 Aug;95:129-137. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.03.002. Epub 2019 Mar 5.

Process for developing a culturally informed brief motivational intervention.

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Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.


The present study culturally enhances a standard brief intervention for alcohol use. Through an iterative process engaging key stakeholders; including patients, and expert consultants, this research sought to enhance current evidence based interventions. Five culturally informed enhancements consistent with Motivational Interviewing were introduced into standard brief interventions. These culturally informed enhancements can be refined to address the cultural risk and protective factors of other priority populations. The distinctions and advantages of this approach over prior cultural adapted interventions is discussed. Importantly, the present study outlines a process for refining the culturally informed brief intervention to other target populations.


Alcohol; Brief intervention; Cultural adaptation; Latinos

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