Stabilizing a fluid intervention: The development of Motivational Interviewing, 1983-2013
2014 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1058-6989, Vol. 22, no 4, 313-324 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduced in 1983, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is now widely regarded as an efficacious psychosocial intervention in the addiction treatment field. Drawing on research literature, this article asks how this was achieved. Contrary to common conceptions of the dissemination of psychosocial interventions within the addiction treatment field, this analysis takes neither MI's identity nor its efficacy to be inherent qualities, but sees them as being constructed by various actors. This construction work is described as stabilizing processes. Being loosely structured and flexible, it is suggested that MI can be regarded as a fluid intervention. This has presented difficulties for its subsequent stabilization. As MI has been differently operationalized in clinical trials, it was not obvious at first to talk about the efficacy of MI as a single object of concern in systematical reviews and meta-analyses. The article discusses some of the complexities involved in the production and dissemination of efficacious psychosocial interventions. Compared with other cases, MI displays a somewhat different mode of stabilization. It is argued that MI has been stabilized enough to be considered an efficacious intervention while simultaneously incorporating fluidity, which makes it useful in a wide range of clinical settings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 22, no 4, 313-324 p.
Motivational interviewing, stabilization, treatment fidelity, historical account, evidence-based practice
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98735DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2013.845174ISI: 000339139000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98735DiVA: diva2:685242