ERIC Number: ED401834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
College Alcohol Risk Assessment Guide. Environmental Approaches to Prevention.
Ryan, Barbara E.; And Others
This guide suggests methods and exercises for gathering and organizing information about alcohol use and associated adverse consequences on university campuses and in surrounding communities. The guide is intended to assist individuals and groups in identifying and modifying risks that contribute to alcohol-related problems. Alcohol problem prevention is defined as the avoidance of problems related to alcohol use, such as social disruption--including lost academic opportunities--injury, property damage, disability, disease, and premature death. Strategies offered to prevent alcohol problems reflect a public health perspective, which focuses on communities, not individuals. After an introductory chapter, the guide describes problem-oriented prevention and introduces the SARA model (scanning, analysis, response, and assessment) which organizes the recommended approach. Each of these four model components is then explained in the following four chapters. Scanning is seen to involve development of a campus profile; analysis, the identification of information needs and problem definition; response, the implementation of actions to reduce problems; and assessment, the measurement of an intervention's effectiveness and reassessment of priorities. Appendices include exercises for implementing the steps, sample survey instruments, and an annotated list 12 print, non-print, and organizational resources. (PRW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego.