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Dr. Ken Carpenter Reacts to Research: Reuters Health

Motivational interviewing may not curb drinking among young adults
August 21, 2014 - August 22, 2014

Teens and young adults who took part in so-called motivational interviewing targeted to their risky drinking behaviors ended up drinking less alcohol and drinking less often, but the differences were not meaningful, researchers found...

Dr. Ken Carpenter, clinical director of the Substance and Treatment Research Service at Columbia Psychiatry/NY State Psychiatric Institute in New York, said the study’s findings are limited by the quality of the research and data included in the analysis.


“A lot of these studies say they do (motivational interviewing) but a lot of them don’t show how well it’s being done,” said Carpenter, who has been a motivational interviewing trainer and practitioner for the past 10 years.

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