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.
college students, alcohol use, drug use, sanctions, intervention programs, quantitative study
Motivational interviewing, College students - Substance use
Student Counseling and Personnel Services | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Amaro, Hortensia (1950-); Ahl, Marilyn; Matsumoto, Atsushi; Prado, Guillermo; Mulé, Christina; Kemmerer, Amaura; Larimer, Mary E.; Masi, Dale A.; and Mantella, Philomena, "Trial of the University Assistance Program for alcohol use among mandated students" (2009). Bouvé Faculty Publications. Paper 10. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000945
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