Assessing the Effectiveness of Peer-Facilitated Interventions Addressing High-Risk Drinking Among Judicially Mandated College Students

About the Course:

This study examined the effectiveness of three peer-facilitated brief alcohol interventions—small group motivational interviewing, motivationally enhanced peer theater, and an interactive alcohol-education program—with students engaging in high-risk drinking who were referred for alcohol policy violations. Six-month follow-up data were collected on drinking frequency and quantity, negative consequences, use of protective behaviors, and perceptions of peers’ drinking norms.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, July 2009

Authors

Matthew P. Martens, Ph.D.; Mary E. Larimer Ph.D., Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D., and Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D.; Dolores Cimini, Ph.D., and Joseph M. Monserrat, Psy.D.

About the Authors:

Matthew P. Martens is with the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, University of Memphis, Tennessee.

Mary E. Larimer, Jason R. Kilmer, and Clayton Neighbors are with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.

Dolores Cimini and Joseph M. Monserrat are with the University Counseling Center, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about peer-facilitated interventions addressing high-risk drinking among college students. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the rationale for using peer-facilitated interventions to address high-risk drinking among college students.

  2. Describe the method employed by researchers examining the effectiveness of peer-facilitated motivational interviewing, an interactive alcohol-education program, and peer theater.

  3. Discuss study results, including data analysis, time and treatment effects, and correlates of change.

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