What is it about?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a key component of the Family Check-Up (FCU) intervention; however, studies on the FCU have not examined the extent to which MI is used by FCU therapist and whether it is a mechanism of change. This study measured therapists' use of MI and whether MI-consistent therapist behaviors were related to changes in substance use and risky sexual behavior one year after intervention among a diverse sample of emerging adults.

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Why is it important?

This study suggests that the use of motivational interviewing in the Family Check-Up intervention might impact outcomes, particularly with regard to marijuana use. Therapists' use of MI was related to changes in marijuana use one year after engagement in the FCU.


This manuscript is drawn from my dissertation. I decided to focus my study on the use of MI in the FCU because it is an important element of the FCU that had never been investigated in any FCU fidelity studies. I believe the findings from this study help to identify strengths of the FCU, as well as identify area in which supervision, training, and implementation of the intervention could be improved.

Psychologist Elisa DeVargas
University of New Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Motivational interviewing skills as predictors of change in emerging adult risk behavior., Professional Psychology Research and Practice, February 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pro0000270.
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