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Self-Selected Brief Alcohol Intervention for Adolescents

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Information provided by:
RAND
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00383838
First received: March 20, 2006
Last updated: October 2, 2006
Last verified: October 2006
  Purpose

Alcohol use among youth continues to be a major concern for this nation, with a large proportion of adolescents increasing their alcohol consumption as they transition from the 6th to the 8th grade. Although many adolescents experience alcohol-related problems, few actually seek help or treatment. This may be because traditional intervention approaches are not well suited for this age group. It is important to understand where adolescents turn to when they want to get help. The current project focuses on developing an alcohol intervention program for younger adolescents. We will conduct biannual surveys at two middle schools to assess alcohol and drug use patterns over three years. In years 2 and 3, we will implement an intervention in one of the schools.We will examine whether the intervention has an impact on subsequent alcohol use.


Condition Intervention
Alcohol Consumption
Drug Abuse
Behavioral: brief, voluntary substance use intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Self-Selected Brief Alcohol Intervention for Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by RAND:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • alcohol, tobacco, drug use
  • alcohol and drug consequences
  • self-change efforts
  • perceived peer use
  • positive and negative outcome expectancies
  • all measures taken biannually over a three year period

Estimated Enrollment: 1200
Study Start Date: September 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:

Alcohol use among youth continues to be a major concern for this nation, with a large proportion of adolescents increasing their alcohol consumption as they transition from the 6th to the 8th grade. Although many adolescents experience alcohol-related problems, few actually seek help or treatment. This may be because traditional intervention approaches are not well suited for this age group. The aims of this project are to assess factors that impact younger adolescents’ alcohol-related help-seeking behavior and to develop and standardize a developmentally sensitive self-change facilitation program. We will also preliminarily test the efficacy of the program in modifying the alcohol involvement (e.g., initiation, use, and problems) of middle school students. The focus of this grant is on younger adolescents (e.g., 12-15 years old), as they are particularly vulnerable to initiating alcohol use due to unique developmental issues. For example, peer conformity peaks during 6tn, 7th and 8th grade and declines thereafter. In addition, this age group is less likely to consider future consequences in the decision making process. Biannual surveys at two middle schools will assess alcohol and drug use patterns, help-seeking behavior and preferences, self-change efforts, and level of motivation for change. Year 1 data will be used to develop a voluntary brief intervention program that targets a variety of youth, including those who are just beginning to experiment with alcohol and those who may have experienced some problems due to their use. Primary objectives are: 1) to explore barriers and facilitative factors that promote/hinder younger adolescents’ use of services, 2) use detailed survey information to design and pilot a self-change program, 3) examine alcohol involvement in relation to program utilization, and 4) preliminarily evaluate the efficacy of the intervention and overall patterns of service use. This study will extend facilitation of self-change research, as this program will be one of the first voluntary alcohol focused intervention programs to target middle school students.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 16 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • middle school student

Exclusion Criteria:

  • none
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00383838

Sponsors and Collaborators
RAND
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth J D'Amico, Ph.D. RAND
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00383838     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AA13284-01
Study First Received: March 20, 2006
Last Updated: October 2, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by RAND:
brief motivational intervention; teens; substance use

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 23, 2014