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Symposium 80 - Innovative Interventions to Reduce Alcohol-Related Risk Among Diverse Populations

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Cobalt 502, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: Randomized Controlled Trial | Alcohol | Risky Behaviors
Presentation Type: Symposium

Although there is a large body of literature on the efficacy of personalized normative feedback interventions and motivational interventions (Cronce & Larimer, 2011), it is critical to develop ways to increase the magnitude of intervention effects as well as evaluate efficacy in a broader range of populations. This symposium will focus on four studies that test a variety of alcohol and related risky sex interventions evaluating novel applications of personalized normative feedback (PNF) and motivational interventions among unique populations. First, previous work has shown PNF interventions to be efficacious at reducing alcohol consumption among college students, although PNF have been less efficacious at reducing negative consequences, which are a critical target for intervention (Huh et al., 2015). Second, a growing literature has evaluated PNF interventions for alcohol outcomes in addition to risky sexual behaviors although the most effective way to address both alcohol use and risky sexual behavior has not yet been identified (Lewis et al., 2014). Third, a broad range of populations, including veterans and emergency department patients, exhibit considerable risk for excessive alcohol use and alcohol related negative consequences, and thus constitute critical populations in need of efficacious interventions (Pedersen et al., 2016). Accordingly, this symposium will present four novel studies that evaluate intervention outcomes and/or mechanisms of change by testing mediators of interventions’ effects. This symposium will present findings from intervention studies to: (a) evaluate an expressive writing component to a personalized normative feedback intervention targeting college student alcohol use as a way to enhance the degree to which individuals process the intervention feedback; (b) evaluate a personalized feedback intervention for young adults that had content on alcohol and sexual risk presented individually and a second intervention that integrated alcohol with sexual risk taking content throughout the feedback; (c) identify mechanisms of change for a motivational intervention targeting alcohol use and risky sex delivered to high-risk emergency department patients, and (d) mediation and moderation results for a brief personalized feedback intervention targeting alcohol use among young adult veterans. Talks will include studies that recruited participants from a diverse set of populations: a college student sample, a national U.S. sample of young adults, emergency department patients, and veterans recruited through social media. Outcome findings presented here are well poised to inform further refinements to personalized normative feedback interventions and motivational interventions among diverse populations, particularly young adults.

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Anne Fairlie

University of Washington

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    Melissa Lewis

    Associate Professor
    University of Washington

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    Clayton Neighbors

    University of Houston

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      Chelsie Young

      University of Houston

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      Melissa Lewis

      Associate Professor
      University of Washington

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      Mark Celio

      Brown University

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      Eric R. Pedersen

      Behavioral Scientist
      RAND Corporation

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