Measuring Attitudes Toward Empirically Supported Treatment in Real-World Addiction Services

David A.(Adelv Unegv Waya) Patterson Silver Wolf, Eugene Maguin, Alex Ramsey, Erin Stringfellow

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Mental health workers with favorable attitudes toward empirically supported treatments (ESTs) are more likely to break through implementation barriers. The Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale has been shown to be reliable for mental health workers, but it has not been validated with addiction workers. This study investigates the use of the scale with a convenience sample of addiction workers from 4 agencies in 1 city. Results show that compared to mental health providers, addiction workers were more likely to view ESTs favorably if they were mandated and intuitively appealing. They also tended to rely more heavily on practical experience in forming attitudes toward treatment options. These results might help addiction agencies understand which types of workers are more likely to implement ESTs and inform effective engagement approaches specific to addiction workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-154
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale
  • addiction workers
  • empirically supported treatments
  • evidence-based practice


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