ERIC Number: EJ1144258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Enhancing the Referral-Making Process to 12-Step Programs: Strategies for Social Workers
Dennis, Cory B.; Davis, Thomas D.
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n4 p423-433 Jul 2017
Objectives: This study examines three preparatory strategies that can be used during treatment sessions to bridge the gap between clinician recommendations for client participation in 12-step programs (TSPs) and client adherence to such recommendations. Methods: A sample of 284 clinicians completed an online survey. Clinicians responded to items measuring their willingness to motivate client participation in TSPs, integrate 12-step principles into sessions, and form positive attitudes toward 12-step culture. Analysis was conducted using structural equation modeling (SEM). Results: Clinician attitudes toward 12-step culture had a significant effect on clinician willingness to motivate client participation in TSPs. Clinician attitudes toward 12-step culture also mediated the effect of integrating 12-step principles into treatment sessions on willingness to motivate client participation in TSPs. Conclusions: Because positive attitudes toward 12-step culture play a central role in the referral-making process, it is recommended that clinicians cultivate positive attitudes toward 12-step culture.
Descriptors: Referral, Social Work, Structural Equation Models, Positive Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Online Surveys, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Client Relationship, Motivation Techniques, Substance Abuse, Compliance (Psychology), Outcomes of Treatment, Participant Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Spiritual Development, Religion, Meetings, Group Therapy, Maximum Likelihood Statistics
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