Western University researchers use motivational coaching to help young adults quit smoking

A new study from Western University has produced remarkable results in the battle against butting out. The research team from Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences used motivational interviewing with young adults (19-25) attempting to quit smoking and found that more than one in every four participants were smoke-free at the one-year, post-intervention, follow-up interview.
While previous studies have employed motivational interviewing, the Western study was the first-ever to implement it using specific coaching tools to ensure its consistent application along with a control group. This design provided the researchers with invaluable evidence-based results to strengthen the validity of the approach. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counselling/coaching technique that is tailored to individuals. The technique allows individuals to be the driving force behind their own behavioural change.

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