Title page for ETD etd-04012008-230410

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Terlecki, Meredith A.
URN etd-04012008-230410
Title Alcohol Use, Negative Consequences, and Readiness to Change in Mandated and Volunteer College Student Heavy Drinkers before and after a Brief Alcohol Intervention
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Amy L. Copeland Committee Chair
Johnny Matson Committee Member
Tracey Rizzuto Committee Member
  • alcohol
  • brief intervention
Date of Defense 2007-12-13
Availability unrestricted
The current study tested the efficacy of a brief intervention designed to reduce alcohol use among high-risk college students who have been mandated to treatment for an alcohol policy violation relative to a brief wait-list control group and volunteer high-risk sample. Thirty-nine mandated students and forty high-risk student volunteers were randomly assigned to receive either a brief alcohol intervention or were assigned to a brief wait-list control (WLC) group. Participants were assessed at baseline and at a 4-week post-test on measures of alcohol consumption, alcohol-related problems, and readiness to change. Of the participants who had completed follow-up (N = 39), mandated and voluntary high-risk students who received the brief intervention reported significant reductions in alcohol consumption (drinks per week) and relative to the WLC. Mandated students who received the intervention also reported greater decreases in drinking occasions per week relative to the WLC. High-risk students who received the intervention reported decreases in alcohol use and drinking related-consequences, which were not significant by referral status. Preliminary results provide some support for the efficacy of brief motivational enhancement interventions for reducing drinking in high-risk college students who are mandated to treatment.
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