Effects of a brief motivational intervention with college student drinkers

TitleEffects of a brief motivational intervention with college student drinkers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsBorsari, B, Carey, KB
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Date PublishedAug
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0022-006X (Print)0022-006X (Linking)
Accession Number10965648
Keywords*Motivation, Adolescent, Alcohol Drinking/*prevention & control, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Female, Humans, Male, Mass Screening/methods, Outcome Assessment (Health Care)/methods, Patient Satisfaction, Psychotherapy, Brief/*methods, Students

This study consisted of a randomized controlled trial of a 1-session motivational intervention for college student binge drinkers. Sixty students who reported binge drinking 2 or more times in the past 30 days were randomly assigned to either a no-treatment control or a brief intervention group. The intervention provided students with feedback regarding personal consumption, perceived drinking norms, alcohol-related problems, situations associated with heavy drinking, and alcohol expectancies. At 6-week follow-up, the brief intervention group exhibited significant reductions on number of drinks consumed per week, number of times drinking alcohol in the past month, and frequency of binge drinking in the past month. Estimates of typical student drinking mediated these reductions. This study replicates earlier research on the efficacy of brief interventions with college students and extends previous work regarding potential mechanisms of change.

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