Weekend Text Messages Increase Protective Behavioral Strategies and Reduce Harm Among College Drinkers

Steven M Edwards, Antover Tuliao, Joseph LD Kennedy, Dennis E McChargue

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Abstract

The current study examined whether a brief text messaging intervention compared to an assessment only/no treatment control would differentially increase protective behavioral strategies (PBS) that were associated with reducing negative alcohol-related negative consequences during football game weekends. Eligible participants (n = 161) were college students who had at least one drinking occasion in the past 30 days. Participants completed a baseline assessment prior to the experimental weekend before being randomly assigned to receive either a text-message condition that instructed students to use PBS or an assessment only/no treatment condition. Participants in the text messaging condition received a message on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of a game weekend. Follow-up assessments were completed within 3 days following the experimental weekend. After controlling for amount of use, results suggest that for game day, those in the text-messaging condition reported significantly h
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395--401
JournalJournal of Technology in Behavioral Science
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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