Title

Pilot of a computer-based brief multiple-health behavior intervention for college students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Abstract

Objective: Given the documented multiple health risks college students engage in, and the dearth of effective programs addressing them, the authors developed a computer-based brief multiple-health behavior intervention. This study reports immediate outcomes and feasibility of a pilot of this program. Participants: Two hundred students attending a midsized university participated. Methods: Participants were randomly assigned to the intervention or control program, both delivered via computer. Immediate feedback was collected with the computer program. Results: Results indicate that the intervention had an early positive impact on alcohol and cigarette use intentions, as well as related constructs underlying the Behavior-Image Model specific to each of the 3 substances measured. Based on the implementation process, the program proved to be feasible to use and acceptable to the population. Conclusion: Results support the potential efficacy of the intervention to positively impact behavioral intentions and linkages between health promoting and damaging behaviors among college students. Copyright © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Journal of American College Health

Volume

60

Issue

1

First Page

74

Last Page

80

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/07448481.2011.574765

PubMed ID

22171732

ISSN

07448481

E-ISSN

19403208

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