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Health Behaviour Change: Advancing the Utility of Motivational Interviewing(MI) to Health Promotion

Emmanuel Appiah-Brempong1*, Paul Okyere1, Ruth Cross2 and Rose Odotei Adjei1

1Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

2Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Emmanuel Appiah-Brempong
Lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Community Health, Ghana
Tel: +233 3220 60021
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 26, 2013; Accepted date: December 10, 2013; Published date: December 28, 2013

Citation: Appiah-Brempong E, Okyere P, Cross R, Adjei RO (2013) Health Behaviour Change: Advancing the Utility of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to Health Promotion. J Addict Res Ther 4:167. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000167

Copyright: © 2013 Appiah-Brempong E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Originally developed to address addictive health behaviour, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is gaining recognition in health promotion as a style for eliciting individual’s intrinsic motivation to change. The growing recognition could be attributed to the increasing understanding that the practice of unhealthy behaviours may not be due to deficiency in knowledge of consequences, but rather a lack of adequate motivation to change. In this paper the utility of MI to the field of health promotion is discussed, elaborating the important contribution of MI to client empowerment. A model for MI delivery in health promotion has been suggested by authors, highlighting some essential elements to be targeted by practitioners. Though MI may not be a panacea to all addictive health behaviour change, it presents useful principles which may be lacking in conventional cognitive behavioural therapies. Thus, from literature, MI is presented as a promising approach which can augment the existing socio-environmental strategies of health promotion.


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