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Self-Determination Theory in the ClinicMotivating Physical and Mental Health$
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Kennon Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095449

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095449.001.0001

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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic

Kennon M. Sheldon

Geoffrey Williams

Thomas Joiner

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews motivational interviewing and the evidence that proves that it is effective, and identifies the obvious links between it and self-determination theory. It shows how motivational interviewing can be applied to patients with alcohol problems, and emphasizes that this type of interviewing is not only a scientifically supported treatment, but also has techniques that stand for direct applications of the self-determination theory. This chapter introduces emphasizing freedom of choice and reflective listening (autonomy-supportive approaches).

Keywords:   motivational interviewing, alcohol problems, self-determination theory, freedom of choice, reflective listening, autonomy-supportive approaches

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