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Driving while impaired (DWI) intervention service provider orientations: the scales of the DWI Therapeutic Educator Inventory (DTEI).

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Substance abuse
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
4
Pages
225–237
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2011.598412
PMID: 22014253
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The therapeutic educator who provides services to driving while impaired (DWI) offenders is a unique professional hybrid, combining education and therapeutic service delivery. In an effort to understand and address this service provider, a 69-item DWI Therapeutic Educator Inventory (DTEI) was constructed. Using principal components and common factor analyses, 6 reliable DWI provider orientation styles were identified: judicial, disease, structure, relationship, interaction, and empathic-supportive. Second-order factoring identified 2 broad reliable dimensions: correctional and therapeutic. These findings further support the construct validity of the DTEI and raise a new question for research: do different provider orientations impact intervention outcomes, such as relapse and recidivism?

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