Adapting a blended motivational interviewing and problem-solving intervention to address risky substance use amongst South Africans

K. Sorsdahl, B. Myers, C.L. Ward, R. Matzopoulos, B. Mtukushe, A. Nicol, P. Cuijpers, D.J. Stein

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Abstract

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the acceptability and initial substance use outcomes of a blended motivational interviewing (MI) and problem-solving therapy (PST) intervention, delivered by peer counsellors. Twenty people who scored at risk for substance use according to the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) received a five session blended MI-PST intervention and were assessed at baseline and at three months. An open-ended semi-structured interview, designed to identify possible factors that may hinder or promote the acceptability of the intervention was also conducted. Fifteen participants completed the intervention and the three-month follow-up. According to ASSIST scores, participants significantly reduced their substance use (p > 0.001) at the three-month follow-up. Randomized controlled trials are needed to evaluate the effect of this intervention more rigorously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-444
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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