An examination of college student activities and attentiveness during a web-delivered personalized normative feedback intervention

Melissa A. Lewis, Clayton Neighbors

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Both heavy drinking and related risky sexual behavior among college students are common and are often associated with a number of negative consequences. A previously reported randomized controlled trial showed that a brief personalized normative feedback (PNF) intervention reduced the alcohol consumption and alcohol-related risky sexual behavior of heavy drinking, sexually active college students (Lewis et al., 2014). For the present study, we examined what activities students were engaged in when viewing the feedback, as well as who they were with and where they were when receiving the intervention. Furthermore, we conducted supplemental analyses with perceived attentiveness as a hypothesized predictor of change using the same sample (N = 480). Findings indicated that most students were engaged in activities when viewing the feedback and that most students viewed the feedback alone and at home. Furthermore, results revealed PNF to be most effective in reducing drinks per week among participants who reported greater attention. Clinical implications and suggestions for additional research examining how attentiveness can be increased during Web-based interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-167
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015



  • Alcohol
  • Attention
  • Distraction
  • Personalized normative feedback
  • Risky sex

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