An examination of college student activities and attentiveness during a web-delivered personalized normative feedback intervention



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Psychology of Addictive Behaviors


Both heavy drinking and related risky sexual behavior among college students are common and are often associated with a number of negative consequences. A previously reported randomized controlled trial showed that a brief personalized normative feedback (PNF) intervention reduced the alcohol consumption and alcohol-related risky sexual behavior of heavy drinking, sexually active college students (Lewis et al., in press). For the present study, we examined what activities students were engaged in when viewing the feedback as well as who they were with and where they were when receiving the intervention. Furthermore, we conducted supplemental analyses with perceived attentiveness as a hypothesized predictor of change using the same sample (N = 480). Findings indicated that most students were engaged in activities when viewing the feedback and that most students viewed the feedback alone and at home. Furthermore, results revealed PNF to be most effective in reducing drinks per week among participants who reported greater attention. Clinical implications and suggestions for additional research examining how attentiveness can be increased during web-based interventions are discussed.



Alcohol, Risky sex, Personalized normative feedback, Attention, Distraction


Copyright 2015 Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Lewis, Melissa A., and Clayton Neighbors. "An Examination of College Student Activities and Attentiveness During a Web-Delivered Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 29, no. 1 (2015): 162-167. doi: 10.1037/adb0000003. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.