A Pilot Randomized Trial of Motivational Interviewing Compared to Psycho-Education for Reducing and Preventing Underage Drinking in American Indian Adolescents

About the Course:

Underage drinking is an important public health issue for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adolescents, as it is for U. S. teens of all ethnicities. One of the demonstrated risk factors for the development of alcohol use disorders in AI/AN is early age of initiation of drinking. To address this issue a randomized trial to assess the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing (MI) compared to Psycho-Education (PE) to reduce and prevent underage drinking in AI/AN youth was developed and implemented. For teens who were already drinking, participating in the intervention (MI or PE) was effective. The results of this study suggest that intervening against underage drinking using either MI or PE in AI/AN youth can result in reduced drinking, prevention of initiation of drinking, and other positive behavioral outcomes. Brief interventions that enhance motivation to change as well as psycho-education may provide a successful approach to reducing the potential morbidity of underage drinking in this high-risk group.

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David A. Gilder, M.D.

Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, SP30-1501, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Jennifer R. Geisler, B.S., R.N.

Southern California Tribal Health Center, CA, USA

Juan A. Luna, B.S.

Southern California Tribal Health Center, CA, USA

Recommended For:

Clinicians treating American Indian and Alaska Native youth. This course is appropriate for all knowledge levels.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the risk of underage rinking of American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

  2. Acknowledge the two effective prevention and treatment methods, psycho-education and Motivional Interviewing.

  3. Apply psycho-education adn Motivational INterviewing to American Indian and Alaska Native youth at risk for underge drinking.

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Course Number: 102430
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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