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DeMuro S.,Center for Addiction Studies | DeMuro S.,P.A. College | Wanberg K.,Center for Addiction Research and Evaluation
Substance Abuse | Year: 2011

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 empathicsupportive. 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? © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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