Thursday, March 26, 2009

Searching in Rutgers Libraries' Indexes and Databases

Because Andrea's topic falls under "Social Sciences," that's where I started in the Rutgers Libraries Indexes and Databases. I thought about searching in both Social Work and Psychology/Behavioral Sciences sections, so I opened two tabs in my browser to remind myself of each area of study.

I started in Psychology/Behavioral Sciences because it seemed like it might reveal more articles from the start. I picked several databases and opened tabs in my browser for each.

In the Alcohol Studies Database search, using the term "payoff matrix" yielded no results, however, "states of change" yielded many pages of results. I spent some time looking at the bibliographic citations to see if the titles could put me in the right direction.

Here's one of the best hits -- a book (click on image to increase size):

When I went back to search IRIS for some of the articles that weren't available through the databases, I discovered another search phrase: "motivation in alcohol treatment." I searched this and found many matches including another potentially useful book for Andrea to consider:

It also occurred to me to encourage Andrea to consider a field trip to the Center of Alcohol Studies Library on Rutgers' Busch campus, or to find out if a university library near her has borrowing privileges with the CASL, since there appear to be many valuable resources there on this topic.

After a bit of searching, I composed a short list of items for Andrea to review and see if they were articles she wished for me to obtain copies of or if she had access to the journals and books already.

Here is the list:

Alcohol Studies Database - Detailed Citation Report

Title: Integrating motivational interviewing and stages of change in addiction counseling.
Author: O'Mara, E.M.
Publication Date: 2005
Journal Name: Addiction Professional 3(5): 16-17; 19-22
Subject Headings: Motivation in Alcoholism Treatment * Motivation in Drug Abuse Treatment
ID Number: 200511189

Title: Motivational interviewing and stages of change: integrating best practices for substance abuse professionals.
Author: Tomlin, K.M., Richardson, H.
Publisher: Center City, MN * Hazelden
Publication Date: 2004
Source: viii + 231 pp.
Subject Headings: Motivation in Alcoholism Treatment * Counseling Alcoholics * Motivation in Drug Abuse Treatment * Counseling Drug Abusers
Format: Manual. 4
ID Number: 4096

Title: Women's steps of change and entry into drug abuse treatment: a multidimensional stages of change model
Author: Brown, V. B, Melchior, L. A, Panter, A. T, Slaughter, R., and Huba, G. J.
Publication Date: 2000
Journal Name: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 18(3): 231-240
Subject Headings: Women and Alcohol * Motivation in Alcoholism Treatment * Women and Drugs * Motivation in Drug Abuse Treatment
ID Number: 200008017

Title: Assessing drinkers' motivation for change: the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES).
Author: Miller, W. R., Tonigan, J. S.
Publication Date: 1996
Journal Name: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 10: 81-89
Subject Headings: Motivation in Alcoholism Treatment ID Number: 9606652

Title: A study to test the effectiveness of the stages of change model in adolescent substance abuse clients using the SOCRATES.
Author: Carr, T.K.
Publisher: Capella University
Publication Date: 2004
Source: 108 pp. Ph.D. dissertation,
Subject Headings: Youth and Alcohol * Motivation in Alcoholism Treatment * Youth and Drugs * Motivation in Drug Abuse Treatment
ID Number: 200509041

Title: Stages of change and prenatal alcohol use.
Author: Chang, G, McNamara, T, Wilkins-Haug, L., and Orav, E.J.
Publication Date: 2007
Journal Name: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 32(1): 105-109
Subject Headings: Women and Alcohol * Etiology of Alcoholism ID Number: 200706135

Additionally, I used the Social Sciences Full Text database to access the Ovid system and search for "motivational interviewing" with the cross match of "drug abuse" which was suggested by the Ovid system.

Five hits were of particular interest:

Next steps:

1. Communicate the findings above to Andrea.
2. Ask if she wants the search to go in a different direction.
3. Ask if she is satisfied by the results above.
4. Ask what other topics might be useful to search, if this is not sufficient.


  1. I read the research in the 5 journal articles and found them to be very interesting. The major findings in all 5 showed the efficacy of using motivational interviewing to treat individuals who are dually diagnosed. This information will be good to present to practioners in the hopes that they will embrace the use of motivational interviewing techniques with the dually diagonosed individuals that they serve. I was interested in finding information about using MI and was pleased that you found an excellent article for that. It was in the jounal Addiction Professional with the title: Integrating MI and stages of change in Addiction Counseling. You have been doing a great job in finding me relevent and useful information--thanks!

  2. Just want to say that I have been very satisfied with the info that you have provided me. I could use some more info on how to use MI. What are the nuts and bolts of it. Thanks Deb!

  3. Thanks, Andrea!

    I'll work on that.


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