Remote vs. in-lab computer-delivered personalized normative feedback interventions for college student drinking


Objective: Computer-based interventions aimed at reducing college student drinking have shown positive effects. This paper compares differences in effects of computer-based personalized normative feedback (PNF) interventions based on delivery modality (in-person vs. remotely) across six previously evaluated studies with similar content. Method: Three studies included evaluations of a computer-based PNF intervention where baseline and intervention procedures took place inside a laboratory setting; three separate studies included evaluations of the same intervention where participants completed the procedures remotely over the web. Thus, we tested for differences in intervention efficacy by delivery modality. Outcomes included drinks per week, drinking-related consequences, and the putative intervention mechanism, perceived drinking norms. Results: Evidence from hierarchical linear models indicated that computer-based interventions are less effective at reducing drinking and related consequences when delivered remotely than when delivered in-person. Conclusion: The advantages of interventions delivered remotely are not without cost. Suggestions for why remote computer-based interventions may be less effective are discussed.



Alcohol, Interventions, Delivery method, Web-based, Personalized normative feedback


Copyright 2015 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Rodriguez, Lindsey M., Clayton Neighbors, Dipali V. Rinker, Melissa A. Lewis, Brenda Lazorwitz, Rubi G. Gonzales, and Mary E. Larimer. "Remote Versus In-Lab Computer-Delivered Personalized Normative Feedback Interventions for College Student Drinking." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 83, no. 3 (2015): 455-463. doi: 10.1037/a0039030. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.