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Brief Intervention to Reduce College Sexual Victimization Risk

Testa | Livingston
This developmental research seeks to expand upon an existing approach to reduce college drinking as a way of preventing sexual victimization

Existing prevention efforts have been unsuccessful in stemming the consistently high rates of sexual victimization (SV) and incapacitated rape (IR) among college women. Heavy episodic drinking (HED) is a strong risk factor for college SV, particularly for IR and alcohol-related assaults. Thus, reducing women’s drinking may be an effective way of preventing IR and other SV. Personalized normative feedback (PNF) intervention is an efficacious means of reducing college HED by providing corrective social normative feedback. Such an approach is well-suited to prevention of SV/IR via reduction in HED since it can be administered universally at low cost and can easily be adapted and expanded. Moreover, it can be administered early in the first semester of college, the time period in which college women are at highest risk of SV. This study is designed to adapt, improve and expand upon existing PNF intervention to optimize their ability to prevent college SV by reducing risky behavior.

Principal Investigator
Maria Testa, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Co-Investigators
Jennifer Livingston, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Funding Agency
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Grant Number
R34-AA024854

Dates
2017-2019