A randomized trial evaluating a parent based intervention to reduce college drinking

Diana M. Doumas, Rob Turrisi, Anne E. Ray, Susan M. Esp, Amy K. Curtis-Schaeffer

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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a parent based intervention (PBI) in reducing drinking among first year college students (N= 443). Students were assigned to one of three conditions: PBI, PBI plus booster brochures (PBI-B), and an assessment only control group (CNT). At a 4-month post-intervention follow-up, results indicated students in the PBI-B group reported significantly less drinking to intoxication and peak drinking relative to the PBI group and CNT group. No significant differences were found between the PBI group and CNT group. Results provide further support for PBIs to reduce college student drinking and suggest that a booster brochure increases the effectiveness of PBIs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) R01 AA015737 (Turrisi).


  • Alcohol
  • First year students
  • Heavy drinking
  • Parent based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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