The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a brief intervention for mandated students in the context of the University Assistance Program, a Student Assistance Program developed and modeled after workplace Employee Assistance Programs.

Participants were 265 (196 males and 69 females) judicially mandated college students enrolled in a large, urban university in the northeast United States. All participants were sanctioned by the university's judicial office for an alcohol- or drug-related violation. Participants were randomized to one of two intervention conditions (the University Assistance Program or services as usual) and were assessed at baseline and 3 and 6 months after intervention.

Growth curve analyses showed that, relative to services as usual, the University Assistance Program was more efficacious in reducing past-90-day weekday alcohol consumption and the number of alcohol-related consequences while increasing past-90-day use of protective behaviors and coping skills. No significant differences in growth trajectories were found between the two intervention conditions on past-90-day blood alcohol concentration, total alcohol consumption, or weekend consumption.

The University Assistance Program may have a possible advantage over services as usual for mandated students.


Originally published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Suppl. 2009 July; (Supplement no. 16): 45–56. http://www.jsad.com/jsad/article/Trial_of_the_University_Assistance_Program_for_Alcohol_Use_Among_Mandated_S/4358.html

This research was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) grant U18AA015671—Rapid Response to College Drinking Problems. Support for Mary E. Larimer was provided through partner NIAAA grant U01AA014742 —Alcohol Research Collaborative.


college students, alcohol use, drug use, sanctions, intervention programs, quantitative study

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Motivational interviewing, College students - Substance use


Student Counseling and Personnel Services | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Rutgers University

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