Enhancing the Referral-Making Process to 12-Step Programs: Strategies for Social Workers
substance abuse treatment, 12-step programs, treatment compliance, practice research, recovery
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.
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).
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.
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.
Original Publication Citation
Dennis, C. B. & Davis, T. D. (2017). Enhancing the referral-making process to 12-step programs: Strategies for social workers. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(4), 423-433.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dennis, Cory B. and Davis, Thomas D., "Enhancing the Referral-Making Process to 12-Step Programs: Strategies for Social Workers" (2015). Faculty Publications. 3046.
Research on Social Work Practice
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© The Author(s) 2015