Author ORCID Identifier

orcid.org/0000-0001-6440-2445

Defense Date

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Danielle M. Dick

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda Hancock

Third Advisor

Dr. Bruce Rybarczyk

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a brief, web-based alcohol prevention intervention program as a universal approach to addressing the range of alcohol behaviors present on college campuses. The sample of freshman college students recruited from Spit for Science (Dick et al., 2014) included 153 intervention participants, and 151 control participants matched on demographics and baseline alcohol variables. Hierarchical multiple regression, logistic regression, and moderated multiple regression were used to compare intervention and control participants on post-intervention alcohol variables. Treatment predicted lower alcohol use disorder (AUD) symptoms, particularly among baseline drinkers. For non-drinkers, the intervention was associated with a decreased likelihood of alcohol initiation. Family history moderated the intervention’s effect on drinks per occasion and AUD symptoms, with family history positive individuals responding better to the intervention. Readiness-to-change and concern for one’s drinking were not supported as moderators, suggesting more research is needed to identify mechanisms of change.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

11-9-2016

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