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Group Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Adjudicated College Students



Implementer: Loyola Marymount University

Program Overview: This program was aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and especially harmful consumption among college students who had previously been adjudicated for alcohol related offenses. 

Program Design: The program used adapted motivational interviewing in an attempt to change behavior. The adapted motivational interviewing included normative feedback, provision of information regarding alcohol consumption and expectancies, and techniques to build motivation for behavior change. Adapted motivational interviewing was used in the course of a single 60-90 minute session of 10-15 participants. 

Evaluation: Program results were evaluated using a baseline assessment at the time of the intervention and follow-up assessments at 1 and 3 months after the intervention. Participants also completed drink diaries during the three month between baseline and 3-month follow-up in order to more accurately track alcohol consumption. In addition to consumption, alcohol related consequences were evaluated using seven items from the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI).

Key findings1:

Significant reductions were found for:

  • The number of drinks consumed per month, the number of drinking days, average number of drinks consumed, and maximum number of drinks consumed per occasion
  • Alcohol-related consequences
  • Rates of judicial recidivism


1. LaBrie, J. W., Lamb, T. F., Pedersen, E. R., & Quinlan, T. (2006). A group motivational interviewing intervention reduces drinking and alcohol-related consequences in adjudicated college students. Journal of College Student Development, Vol. 47(2), 267-280.

Target Audience: University/young adults (18-21 years)
Issues: Underage Drinking
Setting: University
Approach: Motivational Interviewing, Motivation Enhancement
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