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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kulesza, Magdalena
URN etd-03162008-175714
Title Brief Alcohol Interventions for College Drinkers: How Brief Is Brief?
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Copeland Amy L. Committee Chair
Hawkins, Mike F Committee Member
Matson, Johnny L. Committee Member
  • college students
  • brief interventions
  • alcohol
Date of Defense 2007-11-10
Availability unrestricted
Brief interventions for college student drinkers have been shown to be effective in reducing the amount of alcohol consumed as well as the number of alcohol-related problems. However, the duration of brief interventions varies substantially across studies. In the present study 22 undergraduate students who drank alcohol heavily were randomly assigned to a 10-minute brief intervention, a 50-minute brief intervention, or a six week wait-list control group. The content of the active interventions was based on the same concept, and both interventions incorporated motivational interviewing components. As hypothesized, there was a significant difference between participants in the two active interventions regarding their alcohol consumption at a 4-week post-intervention follow up. However, albeit not significantly, participants in the 50-minute condition increased their drinking while participants in the 10-minute condition decreased their drinking. Contrary to prediction, no significant differences were found between the two treatment groups treatment groups in the number of alcohol related problems at 4 weeks post-intervention. These findings may be due to insufficient power to detect differences because of the small sample size.

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