Author's School

Brown School of Social Work

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Social Work

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Journal Article

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Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya), D. A. (2015) Factors influencing the implementation of a brief alcohol screening and educational intervention in social settings not specializing in addiction services. Social Work in Health Care, 54(4), 345-364. DOI:10.1080/00981389.2015.1005270


Although alcohol use continues to be a major problem, when high-risk users enter social services, they are not provided with empirically supported treatments (ESTs). This study investigates predictors of successful implementation in agencies not specializing in addiction services. Fifty-four frontline workers in six organizations were enrolled in the study. After completing self-administered surveys of organizational culture and climate and attitudes toward ESTs, workers were trained to implement a brief intervention. The results indicate that organizational factors and attitudes may not be related to implementation. Although high implementers had similar traits, further research is needed to characterize successful EST implementers.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge in Social work in health care on April 23, 2015, available online:



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