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Group-based motivational interviewing for alcohol use among college students: An exploratory study

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lisa Curtin Grizzard Ph.D., Professor, Associate Director of Research (Creator)
Kurt D. Michael Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Dir. of Clin. Serv. (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: How can practicing psychologists help reduce excessive alcohol consumption among college students? Over 80% of college students consume alcohol, and a significant percentage drinks excessively with myriad problems. Brief interventions based on motivational interviewing (MI) have been identified for use with college populations. The authors randomly assigned 91 freshman students to a brief, classroom-based MI intervention or an assessment control condition. At the end of the semester, MI group participants reported fewer drinks per occasion and fewer episodes of intoxication compared to controls. A classroom-based, MI-style intervention might be an efficient, sustainable, and effective means of reducing heavy drinking among college students.

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Michael, K. D., Curtin, L., Kirkley, D., Jones, D., & Harris, R. (2006). Group-based motivational interviewing for alcohol use among college students: An exploratory study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37:6, 629-634. May 2006 (ISSN: 0735-7028) Published by the American Psychological Association. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Language: English
Date: 2006
Keywords
motivational interviewing, alcohol, college students, brief intervention, excessive alcohol consumption, classroom-based intervention