Culturally adapted motivational interviewing for Latino heavy drinkers: Results from a randomized clinical trial

Christina S. Lee, Steven R. López, Suzanne M. Colby, Damaris Rohsenow, Lynn Hernández, Belinda Borrelli, Raul Caetano

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A randomized clinical trial of culturally adapted and unadapted motivational interviewing to reduce drinking and related problems among heavy drinking Latinos assessed 57 participants at baseline and at 2 (86% retention) and 6 months (84% retention) after treatment. Significant decreases across both treatments were found in heavy drinking days per month and drinking consequences (p <.001), with greater reductions for drinking consequences for culturally adapted motivational interviewing at 2 months (p =.009) and continuing reductions in culturally adapted motivational interviewing at 6 months. Findings provide preliminary support for the value of cultural adaptation to enhance the efficacy of motivational interviewing with Latino heavy drinkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-373
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013



  • Latinos
  • alcohol
  • cultural adaptation
  • motivational interviewing
  • randomized clinical trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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