Project SELF

Evaluating Change in Drinking Identity as a Mechanism for Reducing Hazardous Drinking (1R01AA024732-01)


National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

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Project Coordinator: Kirsten Peterson

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05/05/2016 — 04/30/2023

The objective of this research project is to evaluate whether changes in cognitive factors can reduce hazardous drinking among current and graduating college students.  These studies seek to evaluate naturalistic (Study 1) and experimentally-induced (Study 2) changes. The naturalistic study will follow a sample soon-to-graduate college students and assess them every 4 months for the 2-year period after graduation. The experimental study will manipulate the cognitive factors (via narrative writing tasks) to increase self-efficacy and decrease alcohol craving and ultimately, reduce heavy drinking

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