A randomized trial of motivational interviewing and feedback with heavy drinking college students

Patricia Juarez, Scott T. Walters, Mikyta Daugherty, Christopher Radi

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Abstract

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a brief intervention that has been shown to reduce heavy drinking among college students. Because all college studies of MI to date have included a personalized feedback report, it remains unclear which of the components is necessary to produce behavior change. This study evaluated the separate and collective effects of MI and feedback among 122 "binge" drinking college students. Participants were randomized to: 1) MI with feedback, 2) MI without feedback, 3) Mailed feedback only, 4) MI with mailed feedback, or 5) Assessment only control. At an eight-week follow-up, all groups reduced their consumption, peak BAC, consequences, and dependence symptoms. For females, there were reductions in consequences and dependence symptoms in groups that received feedback, as compared to groups that did not receive feedback. For females, there was an effect of the feedback on consequences and dependence symptoms, but was no overall effect of MI on any outcome measure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-246
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006

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