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Background: The impact of depressed mood on Motivational Interviewing (MI) to reduce risky behaviors and consequences in incarcerated adolescents was examined in this brief report.
Methods: Adolescents (N = 189) were randomly assigned to receive MI or Relaxation Training (RT).
Results: At 3-month follow-up assessment, MI significantly reduced risks associated with marijuana use, with a trend towards reducing risks associated with alcohol use. There was also a trend for depressive symptoms to be associated with reduced risks after release. Interaction effects were non-significant, indicating no moderating effects for depressed mood on treatment outcome.
Conclusions: MI may be a useful treatment for incarcerated adolescents in order to reduce risks and consequences associated with substance use after release.
L.A.R. Stein, et al. "Motivational interviewing to reduce substance-related consequences: Effects for incarcerated adolescents with depressed mood." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 118, no. 2-3, 2011, pp. 475-478. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.03.023
Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.03.023
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