Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Psychology


Clinical Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 136 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Edelgard Wulfert

Committee Members

Drew Anderson, Leslie Halpern


alcohol abuse, BASICS, college students, mandated, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of change, College students, Drinking of alcoholic beverages

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology


Efforts to curtail alcohol abuse in college with traditional alcohol education programs have been unsuccessful as heavy drinking on college campuses has remained remarkably constant. Brief Motivational Interventions (BMIs) have recently emerged as a viable alternative that facilitates behavior change in students who engage in heavy drinking. The present study recruited college students who violated campus drinking policies and were referred to the University's judicial system. The efficacy of an individualized BMI intervention was compared to that of a group oriented educational intervention and a control condition consisting of a sanction. Possible interaction effects between specific individual characteristics and the assigned intervention approaches were explored. Under these circumstances the two treatment interventions and the control conditions did not demonstrate differential effects across treatment. However, all conditions showed modest significant effects for reductions in drinking behaviors that were maintained through to 3-month follow-up. The readiness to change did not reflect similar significant results. Future studies should continue to investigate the efficacy of BMIs with mandated students, and the utility and necessity of interventions beyond sanctions.