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Measuring a Motivational Interviewing Practice Orientation in Criminal Justice Practitioners: Initial Validation of the Response Style Screening Questionnaire

NCJ Number
Frontiers in Psychology Volume: 14   Dated: DEC 2023 Pages: 1308086  
Raymond Chip Tafrate; Damon Mitchell; Stephen M. Cox; Tom Hogan
Date Published
December 2023
16 pages

This study describes and assesses the Response Style Screening Questionnaire (RSSQ).


The findings of this study suggest the Response Style Screening Questionnaire (RSSQ), a practitioner completed tool assessing an MI-consistent practice orientation, is a potentially useful new self-report tool. The present article describes the development and initial validation of RSSQ. Over three studies, researchers examined the factor structure, reliability, and correlations between the scale and self-reported and behavioral validity indicators. The use of collaborative communication techniques by criminal justice practitioners has been identified as a component of core correctional practices (CCPs). Criminal justice agencies and programs are investing in motivational interviewing (MI) training for their staff with varying intensity, follow-up coaching, and expectations for integration into practice. (Published Abstract Provided)