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Addict Behav. 2014 Jan;39(1):231-8. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.10.011. Epub 2013 Oct 9.

A test of the efficacy of a brief, web-based personalized feedback intervention to reduce drinking among 9th grade students.

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Department of Counselor Education, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725, USA; Institute for the Study of Addiction, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725, USA. Electronic address: dianadoumas@boisestate.edu.

Abstract

Alcohol use increases substantially during the transition from middle school to high school. This study tested a brief, web-based personalized feedback program aimed at reducing risk factors for drinking, alcohol use, and alcohol-related consequences among 9th grade students. At a 3-month follow-up, students in the intervention group showed positive results relative to those in the control group on variables associated with reduced risk, including positive alcohol expectancies and positive beliefs about alcohol. Students in the intervention group also reported a reduction in drinking frequency and alcohol-related consequences relative to those in the control group. There were, however, no differences in normative beliefs regarding peer drinking or quantity of weekly drinking between the two groups. Results indicate that a brief, web-based personalized normative feedback program delivered in the school setting is a promising approach to reducing alcohol use and the associated consequences among 9th grade students.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol; High school; Personalized feedback; Web-based

PMID:
24148137
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.10.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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