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Motivational Interviewing at the Intersections of Depression and Intimate Partner Violence among African American Women
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
  • Stéphanie Wahab, Portland State University
  • Jammie Trimble, Interconnections Community Partner at Large
  • Angie Mejia, Oregon Health & Science University
  • S. Renee Mitchell, Interconnections Community Partner at Large
  • Mary Jo Thomas, Multnomah County Department of Mental Health and Addictions
  • Vanessa Timmons, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Office
  • A. Star Waters, Interconnections Community Partner at Large
  • Dora Raymaker, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Christina Nicolaidis, Oregon Health & Science University
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  • Motivation (Psychology),
  • Interviewing in mental health,
  • Social work with African Americans,
  • Family violence -- United States,
  • African American families,
  • Public health -- Research -- Citizen participation

This article focuses on design, training, and delivery of a culturally-tailored, multi-faceted intervention which used motivational interviewing (MI) and case management to reduce depression severity among African American survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). We present the details of the intervention and discuss its implementation as a means of creating and providing culturally appropriate depression and violence services to African American women. We used a CBPR approach to develop and evaluate the multi-faceted intervention. As part of the evaluation, we collected process measures about the use of MI, assessed MI fidelity, and interviewed participants about their experiences with the program.


This is the authors' version of a paper that subsequently appeared in the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, published by Taylor & Francis. The version of record may be found at

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Wahab, Stéphanie, Jammie Trimble, Angie Mejia, S. Renee Mitchell, Mary Jo Thomas, Vanessa Timmons, A. Star Waters, Dora Raymaker, and Christina Nicolaidis. "Motivational interviewing at the intersections of depression and intimate partner violence among African American women." Journal of evidence-based social work 11, no. 3 (2014): 291-303.