The acceptability to Aboriginal Australians of a family-based intervention to reduce alcohol-related harms

Calabria, Bianca, Clifford, Anton, Shakeshaft, Anthony, Allan, Julaine, Bliss, Donna and Doran, Christopher (2013) The acceptability to Aboriginal Australians of a family-based intervention to reduce alcohol-related harms. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32 3: 328-332. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00525.x

Author Calabria, Bianca
Clifford, Anton
Shakeshaft, Anthony
Allan, Julaine
Bliss, Donna
Doran, Christopher
Title The acceptability to Aboriginal Australians of a family-based intervention to reduce alcohol-related harms
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00525.x
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 328
End page 332
Total pages 5
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction and Aims: Cognitive-behavioural interventions that use familial and community reinforcers in an individual's environment are effective for reducing alcohol-related harms. Such interventions have considerable potential to reduce the disproportionately high burden of alcohol-related harm among Aboriginal Australians if they can be successfully tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. The overall aim of this paper is to describe the perceived acceptability of two cognitive-behavioural interventions, the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), to a sample of Aboriginal people.

Design and Methods: Descriptive survey was administered to 116 Aboriginal people recruited through an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and a community-based drug and alcohol treatment agency in rural New South Wales, Australia.

Results: Participants perceived CRA and CRAFT to be highly acceptable for delivery in their local Aboriginal community. Women were more likely than men to perceive CRAFT as highly acceptable. Participants expressed a preference for counsellors to be someone they knew and trusted, and who has experience working in their local community. CRA was deemed most acceptable for delivery to individuals after alcohol withdrawal and CRAFT for people who want to help a relative/friend start alcohol treatment. There was a preference for five or more detailed sessions.

Discussion and Conclusions: Findings of this study suggest that CRA and CRAFT are likely to be acceptable for delivery to some rural Aboriginal Australians, and that there is potential to tailor these interventions to specific communities.
Keyword Indigenous health service
Cognitivebehavioural therapy
Program acceptability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 1 November 2012.

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