Motivational interviewing and mindfulness in weight management

Johnston, L., Hilton, C. and Lane, C. (2017) Motivational interviewing and mindfulness in weight management. In: Weaver, J. (ed.) Practical Guide to Obesity Medicine. Elsevier, pp. 193-214. ISBN 9780323485593 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-323-48559-3.00019-1)

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The primary purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) within the context of specialist weight management services. We begin with an introduction to the background of MI and discuss the importance of the “spirit” or overall style of the approach. Next we introduce the concept of ambivalence and explain, via context-specific examples, why this is central to the use of specific strategies in MI. We go on to discuss the concepts of resistance, discord, sustain talk, and change talk. Next, we introduce the use of microskills (open questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries) within MI and we demonstrate, via context-specific examples, how and why these skills may be used to elicit, strengthen, and consolidate change. Finally, we discuss the application of the four process model in MI to a specialist weight management context. A second aim of this chapter is to acknowledge the growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions. We introduce the reader to the emerging mindfulness literature, within the context of weight management, and signpost the interested reader to further relevant literature.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:eISBN: 9780323496001.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Dr Lynne
Authors: Johnston, L., Hilton, C., and Lane, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care

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