Parent-Based Intervention on Drinking Behavior Among Incoming College Freshmen

About the Course:

Despite research suggesting that parental involvement can affect alcohol involvement among adolescents, few studies have focused on parent-based alcohol prevention strategies among college undergraduates. This article reports the results of a randomized trial of a parent-based intervention (PBI) in a sample of college freshmen.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, July 2009


Michael A. Ichiyama, Ph.D., and Diane P. Francis, M.P.H.; Anne M. Fairlie, B.A., and Mark D. Wood, Ph.D.; Rob Turrisi, Ph.D., and Anne E. Ray, B.S.; Louise A. Stanger, Ed.D.

About the Authors:

Michael A. Ichiyama and Diane P. Francis are with the Department of Psychology, University of San Diego, California.

Anne M. Fairlie and Mark D. Wood are with the Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston.

Rob Turrisi and Anne E. Ray are with Biobehavioral Health and the Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Louise A. Stanger is a private consultant in La Jolla, CA.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the effects of a parent-based intervention on drinking behavior among incoming college freshmen. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the role of parental attitudes and actions on young-adult alcohol use.

  2. Describe the method employed by researchers examining the effects of parent-based intervention on drinking behavior among incoming college freshmen.

  3. Discuss study results, including intervention effects on drinks per week, heavy episodic drinking, and alcohol-related problems.

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