ERIC Number: EJ1022878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Interactive Journaling as a Brief Intervention for Level-II DUI and DWI Offenders
Scheck, Amy Mary; Hoffmann, Norman G.; Proctor, Steven L.; Couillou,Ryan J.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v57 n3 p66-85 Dec 2013
This study sought to evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of a brief alcohol intervention in increasing basic alcohol-related knowledge, and the intention to change high-risk drinking behaviors, among a sample of DUI and DWI offenders. Pre- and post-test data, in addition to program evaluation data, from 872 Level-II DUI and DWI offenders mandated to receive a brief alcohol intervention were examined. The intervention consisted of the use of Interactive Journaling, a structured and experiential writing process, which combined educational content with motivational enhancement techniques designed to elicit change. Overall, offenders rated Interactive Journaling as helpful and reported that they planned to keep their journals for future reference following program completion. Although both knowledge regarding alcohol's effects, and positive attitudes related to behavior change increased following completion of the brief intervention, there was no correlation found between these two components. Preliminary findings suggest that Interactive Journaling appears widely accepted by Level-II DUI and DWI offenders, and the acquisition of knowledge alone is not necessarily associated with the intention to positively change current drinking behavior.
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Interaction, Intervention, Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Teaching Methods, Intention, At Risk Persons, Pretests Posttests, Criminals, Writing Assignments, Motivation, Instructional Effectiveness, Behavior Change, Knowledge Level, Adults, Alcohol Education, Questionnaires
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