Decision Balance Matrix

Alternate Names: Decisional Balance Scale, Decisional Balance Worksheet

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Decisional Balance Matrix

A decisional balance worksheet developed by DiClemente et al (1985) in which participants list the benefits and costs associated with changing and not changing a given behavior.
Duration: 5 minutes
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Last Updated
Mar 13, 2024, 4:09PM


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DiClemente, C., Prochaska, C., & Gibertini, J. (1985). Self-efficacy and the stages of self-change of smoking. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 9(2), 181-200.

Martino, Carroll, Kostas, Perkins, & Rounsaville. (2002). Dual Diagnosis Motivational Interviewing: A modification of Motivational Interviewing for substance-abusing patients with psychotic disorders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 23(4), 297-308.

Elliott, J., Carey, K., Scott-Sheldon, L., & Maisto, Stephen A. (2011). Development of a Decisional Balance Scale for Young Adult Marijuana Use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25(1), 90-100.

Welch, Zagarins, Feinberg, & Garb. (2011). Motivational interviewing delivered by diabetes educators: Does it improve blood glucose control among poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients? Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 91(1), 54-60.

Braun, Bischof, & Rumpf. (2012). Development and validation of the Decisional Balance Scale for problematic Prescription Drug use (DBS-PD)-20. Addictive Behaviors, 37(4), 444-448.

Jordan, Rogers, Neumann, & Norlander. (2012). Evaluating the positive and negative benefits of crime: Development and validation of the Decisional Balance Scale for Adolescent Offenders (DBS-AO). Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(2), 108-114.

Hall, B., Stewart, D., Arger, C., Athenour, D., Effinger, J., & Maisto, Stephen A. (2014). Modeling Motivation Three Ways: Effects of MI Metrics on Treatment Outcomes Among Adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(1), 307-312.

Sukhawathanakul, P., Tuokko, H., Rhodes, R., Marshall, S., Charlton, J., Koppel, S., . . . Porter, M. (2015). Measuring Driving-Related Attitudes Among Older Adults: Psychometric Evidence for the Decisional Balance Scale Across Time and Gender. The Gerontologist, 55(6), 1068-1078.