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NCJ Number: 201465 Find in a Library
Title: Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model and Motivational Interviewing for Building Maternal Supportiveness in Cases of Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:2002  Pages:1-17
Author(s): Jacqueline Corcoran
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines how the use of the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model and Motivational Interviewing techniques may be used to motivate mothers to support their children who have been sexually abused.
Abstract: Previous research has demonstrated that a child’s ability to overcome sexual abuse inflicted by a parent is often determined by the support the child receives from their non-offending parent; most notably, their mothers. Supportive behavior is defined by both belief in the child’s account of the abuse and protective actions to protect the child from further abuse. Some mothers, however, need to be motivated to offer support and protection to their children. As such, the author examines how both the Stages of Change model and Motivational Interviewing can be useful tools for motivating mothers to believe in their children and take protective actions. The Transtheoretical Stages of Change model posits that people who are in a change process go through different motivational levels: precontemplation, contemplation, determination, action, and maintenance stages. Applied to mothers who have learned of their child’s allegations of sexual abuse, a different intervention approach can be applied depending upon the stage of change the mother is in. The idea is to motivate the mother by nudging her along the continuum of change. Motivational Interviewing techniques can be used as the mechanism to motivate the mother through the stages of change. Motivational Interviewing techniques are discussed, and include reflective listening, eliciting problem recognition, and concern for the problem. The author offers a case application involving an exchange between a social worker and a mother to demonstrate the use of Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Stages of Change model. References
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Children at risk; Personal interviews; Theory
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