publication . Article . 2018

A randomized controlled trial of a brief online intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in new university students: Combining self-affirmation, theory of planned behaviour messages, and implementation intentions.

Norman, P.; Cameron, D.; Epton, T.; Webb, T.L.; Harris, P.R.; Millings, A.; Sheeran, P.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Feb 2018
Objectives Excessive alcohol consumption increases when students enter university. This study tests whether combining (1) messages that target key beliefs from the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) that underlie binge drinking, (2) a self-affirmation manipulation to reduce defensive processing, and (3) implementation intentions (if-then plans to avoid binge drinking) reduces alcohol consumption in the first 6 months at university. Design A 2 (self-affirmation) × 2 (TPB messages) × 2 (implementation intention) between-participants randomized controlled trial with 6-month follow-up. Methods Before starting university, students (N = 2,951) completed measures of alc...
free text keywords: Binge drinking, heavy episodic drinking, college, Online, Intervention, Applied Psychology, General Medicine, Randomized controlled trial, law.invention, law, Psychology, Theory of planned behavior, Social psychology, Self-concept, Teachable moment, Unit of alcohol, Clinical psychology, Implementation intention, Psychological intervention
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