Impact of the "Peers as Family" Dormitory Wing-Based Intervention on College Student Alcohol Use and its Secondhand Effects
An intervention to reduce college alcohol use and secondhand effects was tested. Freshmen dormitory wings at a large Mid-Atlantic public university were assigned to single-gender (SG) or mixed-gender (MG) Information-Motivation-Behavior (IMB) workshops implemented during the first weeks of school, or a control condition. Students were surveyed before school began and at 2- and 6-month follow-up. Analyses indicated that, among males, the adjusted mean weekly alcohol use was lower in the SG than the control condition (1.89 vs. 2.72, p = .041). Among females, the adjusted mean weekly alcohol use was lower in the MG than the SG (1.60 vs. 2.44, p = .021) and control condition (1.60 vs. 2.27, p = .056). Further research should identify underlying mechanisms for effective alcohol behavior change among male and female wing-mates.
Boekeloo, Bradley O., Melinda G. Novik, Elizabeth N. Bush, and Kevin E. O'Grady. "Impact of the “peers as family” dormitory wing-based intervention on college student alcohol use and its secondhand effects." Journal of drug education 39, no. 4 (2009): 339-359.
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