Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

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Published USA, 2011
This pragmatic guide spells out how to use motivational interviewing (MI) to have productive conversations about behaviour change with young adolescents. Providing a developmentally informed introduction to MI - complete with examples, sample dialogues and do's and don'ts - this is a useful resource for all helping professionals who work with teenagers. Presented are simple yet powerful strategies for building rapport with young people, using person-centred guiding skills, responding to resistance and ambivalence, eliciting 'change talk', and consolidating commitment to change. Guest authors describe MI applications in key areas such as substance abuse, smoking, sexual risk taking, eating disorders and obesity, chronic illness management and externalising and internalising behaviour problems.

Sylvie Naar-King is Associate Professor in the Department of paediatrics at Wayne State University, USA.
Hardback. 224 pages