Do Brief Personalized Feedback Interventions Work for Mandated Students or Is It Just Getting Caught That Works?

Helene Raskin White, Eun Young Mun, Thomas J. Morgan

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Abstract

Studies evaluating the efficacy of brief interventions with mandated college students have reported declines in drinking from baseline to short-term follow-up regardless of intervention condition. A key question is whether these observed changes are due to the intervention or to the incident and/or reprimand. This study evaluates a brief personalized feedback intervention (PFI) for students (N = 230) who were referred to a student assistance program because of infractions of university rules regarding substance use to determine whether observed changes in substance use are attributable to the intervention. Half the students received immediate feedback (at baseline and after the 2-month follow-up), and half received delayed feedback (only after the 2-month follow-up). Students in both conditions generally reduced their drinking and alcohol-related problems from baseline to the 2-month follow-up and from the 2-month to the 7-month follow-up; however, there were no significant between-group differences at either follow-up. Therefore, it appears that the incident and/or reprimand are important instigators of mandated student change and that written PFIs do not enhance these effects on a short-term basis but may on a longer term basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2008

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • brief interventions
  • college students
  • drugs
  • mandated students

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