INTERNET-BASED COLLEGE ALCOHOL EDUCATION
Alcohol abuse among college students remains a serious public health problem. Concerted efforts to reduce alcohol abuse and the associated consequences have been made by most colleges and
universities, with varying degrees of success. This project capitalizes on the
latest research in college alcohol abuse and instructional technology. The
primary goal of this Phase II SBIR project is to demonstrate the effectiveness
of an Internet-based alcohol education course at changing mediating variables
associated with high-risk alcohol use and related problems among college
students: alcohol intentions, expectancies, and normative beliefs. Initial
tasks to be completed include: (1) refining the curriculum and Internet program
based on the results of Phase I; (2) creating an instruction manual for college
and university faculty who may be teaching the course; and (3) collecting and
editing chapters for a book of readings (online and hard-copy versions) that
will reflect the research of experts in the field of college alcohol abuse and
supplement the course curriculum and unit activities. Once these developmental
tasks are completed, a usability study will be conducted, and if necessary,
modifications to the course will be made. During the second year of the study,
an independently evaluated, randomized field trial will be implemented.
Approximately 1,000 students at a Southeastern university will be randomly
assigned to either receive the course early in the fall semester or to serve as
wait-list controls (i.e., they will receive the course after the completion of
the immediate posttest survey and the three- and six-month follow-up surveys).
The results of this study have the potential to inform us about the
effectiveness of targeting research-based mediators in a format that is almost
universally available to college students, distance learning via the Internet.
This course has the potential to improve the way college alcohol abuse
prevention efforts are implemented, evaluated, and disseminated.
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