The present study is the further development of a program of research designed to reduce the onset and extent of drinking and contribute to the changing campus norms through implementation of efficacious Parent-Based Interventions (PBIs) based on the work of Turrisi and colleagues (1999; 2000; 2001). The focus is on influencing drinking behavior of the students through an intervention with their parents during their first year of college. The conversations will take place in one of three conditions; (1) prior to college matriculation during the transition period between high school and college (PCM), (2) Prior to college matriculation and then throughout the fall semester resulting from booster parent """"""""check-ins"""""""" (PCMB), or (3) after college matriculation during the fall of the first semester at college (AMC). All efforts will attempt to make students more resistant to influences that encourage the adoption or continuation of heavy drinking behaviors and reduce these behaviors. Our prior research has provided empirical evidence demonstrating the efficacy of the PCM to warrant an examination of its efficacy as an after matriculation intervention. Although there have been positive reports of efficacy of involvement of parent efforts (e.g., Elliot, 2000), virtually no systematic theory-driven research examining efficacy has been published in the peer review literature exploring whether there is a critical period for implementing parent interventions with college students. This void, coupled with an increased number of universities seeking to involve parents before and after matriculation, argues for systematic empirical efforts. Toward this end the aims can be summarized as follows: (1) To investigate and compare the efficacy of PBIs when administered prior to matriculation versus prior to matriculation with boosters versus after matriculation, (2) To identify subgroups for whom the different PBIs are more effective versus less effective, and (3) To examine mediational processes by which the different PBIs influence alcohol use and consequences. ? ? ?

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Research Project (R01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Health Services Research Review Subcommittee (AA)
Program Officer
Shirley, Mariela
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Pennsylvania State University
Schools of Allied Health Profes
University Park
United States
Zip Code
Abar, Caitlin C; Mallett, Kimberly A; Turrisi, Robert et al. (2016) First- and second-hand consequences of alcohol in college: Differential associations with later alcohol use. J Subst Use 21:107-111
Beltz, Adriene M; Molenaar, Peter C M (2015) A posteriori model validation for the temporal order of directed functional connectivity maps. Front Neurosci 9:304
Cleveland, Michael J; Reavy, Racheal; Mallett, Kimberly A et al. (2014) Moderating effects of positive parenting and maternal alcohol use on emerging adults' alcohol use: does living at home matter? Addict Behav 39:869-78
Mallett, Kimberly A; Marzell, Miesha; Scaglione, Nichole et al. (2014) Are all alcohol and energy drink users the same? Examining individual variation in relation to alcohol mixed with energy drink use, risky drinking, and consequences. Psychol Addict Behav 28:97-104
Hultgren, Brittney A; Cleveland, Michael J; Turrisi, Rob et al. (2014) How estimation of drinking influences alcohol-related consequences across the first year of college. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 38:1160-6
Stapleton, Jerod L; Turrisi, Rob; Cleveland, Michael J et al. (2014) Pre-college matriculation risk profiles and alcohol consumption patterns during the first semesters of college. Prev Sci 15:705-15
Varvil-Weld, Lindsey; Turrisi, Rob; Hospital, Michelle M et al. (2014) Maternal and peer influences on drinking among Latino college students. Addict Behav 39:246-52
Ray, Anne E; Stapleton, Jerod L; Turrisi, Rob et al. (2014) Drinking game play among first-year college student drinkers: an event-specific analysis of the risk for alcohol use and problems. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 40:353-8
Varvil-Weld, Lindsey; Crowley, D Max; Turrisi, Rob et al. (2014) Hurting, helping, or neutral? The effects of parental permissiveness toward adolescent drinking on college student alcohol use and problems. Prev Sci 15:716-24
Varvil-Weld, Lindsey; Scaglione, Nichole; Cleveland, Michael J et al. (2014) Optimizing timing and dosage: does parent type moderate the effects of variations of a parent-based intervention to reduce college student drinking? Prev Sci 15:94-102

Showing the most recent 10 out of 30 publications