Motivational interviewing with dually diagnosed adolescents in juvenile justice settings

Sarah W. Feldstein, Joel I.D. Ginsburg

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Recent empirical investigations have gathered data regarding the rates of psychiatric comorbidity within juvenile justice populations. Data from these studies detail the prevalence of risk-taking behavior, substance abuse and dependence, posttraumatic stress disorder, and sexual risk taking. In addition to reviewing these findings, this paper explores the use of motivational interviewing (MI) with adult offenders and adolescent substance users. The efficacy of MI in these areas indicates the potential fit of MI with juvenile justice populations. Although the application of MI with this population is theoretically indicated, research is needed to garner empirical support for this application of MI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-233
Number of pages16
JournalBrief Treatment and Crisis Intervention
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • DSM diagnoses
  • Juvenile justice
  • Motivational interviewing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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