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Is the Internet an Effective Intervention Tool?

This systematic review, published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, suggests that the internet is more effective than print-based interventions but less effective than face-to-face interventions for binge drinking among college students. The title links to the full article. The Use of the Internet for Prevention of Binge Drinking Among the College Population: A Systematic Review of [...]

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College Students Norms Regarding Marijuana

Another presentation at the 2015 annual APHA meeting in Chicago in early November: Background: Marijuana use has increased among college students over the past decade. Of particular concern are students’ perceived social norms that encourage its use.  The study examines trends in individual characteristics, perceived peer behavior, perceived risk, campus environment, and campus policies related [...]

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College Students Who Use Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks

This research is currently only available on-line; we will update the citation when it is published in the print journal. Abstract: Objective: To examine characteristics of alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use in a sample of college students. Participants: College students (N =614, 53% female) in their second year of college participated during the fall of [...]

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Online Normative Feedback Regarding Gambling

From the social norms research group at the University of Houston, a publication demonstrating the efficacy of a brief online intervention with at-risk gambling college students. Abstract: Objective: Social influences on gambling among adolescents and adults have been well documented and may be particularly evident among college students, who have higher rates of problem and [...]

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“Social Norms Nudging”

An interesting study on the most effective way to present normative information: Abstract: People's evaluations in the domain of healthy eating are at least partly determined by the choice context. We systematically test reference level and rank-based models of relative comparisons against each other and explore their application to social norms nudging, an intervention that aims [...]

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Reaching Community College Students with An Online Intervention

From a study published online in the journal, Addiction Research and Theory: Abstract: Problems associated with alcohol use are well-documented among traditional 4-year college students, but less is known about community college students' alcohol use. The few published articles that have investigated alcohol consumption among community college students suggest that risky alcohol consumption is a [...]

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Perceived Peer Norms Related to Binge Drinking for Hispanic Youth

Here's a summary of an interesting presentation slated for November 1, 2015, at the 143rd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Chicago: Background: Hispanic adolescents are at increased risk for alcohol use and binge drinking. Research is needed to more thoroughly understand the variables involved with such high rates of alcohol use. The present [...]

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Where do I rank?

This interesting small experiment randomly assigned 101 U.K. college students with excessive drinking to one of four conditions. In each condition, the students received one message a week for four weeks. The messages varied by condition: official alcohol consumption guidelines  how their consumption compared to official guidelines how their consumption compared to the sample mean where their [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Where do I rank?

Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

We mentioned our Google Scholar alert for "normative misperceptions" in a previous post about a paper that was interesting but not directly relevant. Here is a prime example of the opposite result from our alert: a paper that is interesting and directly relevant. From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of [...]

By | May 5th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

Misperceptions are a fact of life

We have a Google Scholar alert for publications related to "normative misperceptions." The results are always interesting, even though many are not relevant. We try to do blog posts on the most relevant ones. Every once in a while, there is one that is not directly relevant but that we find interesting in its own [...]

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