iAbstractThis assignment is a Journal Article Review (JAR) related to the Final Project topic: The effects of brief interventions on substance use outcomes. This article, Effects of a Brief Motivational Intervention with College Student Drinkers, employs a randomized control trialdesign and formsthe basis for much of the research discussed in the final topic.
1Assignment 1: Quantitative Journal Article ReviewBorsari, B., & Carey, K. B. (2000). Effects of a brief motivational intervention with collegestudent drinkers. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 68(4), 728.Statement of ProblemThe study asked if a brief motivational intervention, “a directive, client centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change” (Rollnick & Miller, 1995, p. 326), would reduce drinking among college-aged participants. Literature ReviewThe authors state promising studies in brief interventions for alcohol (Dimeff, Baer, Kivlahan, & Marlatt, 1999), and define a motivational interview from the work of Miller & Rollnick, (1991) and Rollnick & Miller (1995). Terms defined in the study came from Solomon & Harford, (1984), Agostinelli, Brown, & Miller, (1995), and Haines & Spear, (1996). Tools were influenced by Fromme, et al., (1993). Hypotheses To Be TestedThe null hypothesis being tested is that brief motivational interviewing will have no effect on alcohol consumption among college-aged persons. The alternate hypothesis is that briefmotivational interviewing will reduce alcohol consumption among college-aged participants.