ERIC Number: EJ1030664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Examining the Efficacy of a Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention to Reduce College Student Gambling
Celio, Mark A.; Lisman, Stephen A.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n3 p154-164 2014
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a stand-alone personalized normative feedback (PNF) intervention targeting misperceptions of gambling among college students. Participants: Undergraduates (N = 136; 55% male) who reported gambling in the past 30 days were recruited between September 2011 and March 2012. Methods: Using a randomized clinical trial design, participants were assigned to receive either PNF or an attention control task. In addition to self-report, this study used 2 computer-based risk tasks framed as "gambling opportunities" to assess cognitive and behavioral change at 1 week post intervention. Results: After 1 week, participants receiving PNF showed a marked decrease in perception of other students' gambling, and evinced lower risk-taking performance on 2 analog measures of gambling. Conclusions: Changes in both self-reported perceived norms and analog gambling behavior suggest that a single, stand-alone PNF intervention may modify gambling among college students. Whether it can impact gambling outside of the laboratory remains untested.
Descriptors: Addictive Behavior, Intervention, Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Risk, Outcomes of Treatment, Behavior Problems, Task Analysis, Attention Control, Behavior Modification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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