Addictive Behavior Interventions Among College Students

Emily R. Jeffries, Austin W. Lemke, Sonia M. Shah, Kimberlye E. Dean, Ashley A. Richter, Julia D. Buckner

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Purpose of Review: Addictive behaviors among college students are a significant public health concern. This manuscript reviews the past 2 years of the literature on prevention and treatment approaches for college students who engage in addictive behaviors. Recent Findings: In-person skill-based interventions and motivational interventions that incorporate personalized feedback are effective in the short-term, but little support was found for long-term effects. Although web-based interventions reduced certain addictive behaviors (e.g., alcohol, problematic gambling), in-person interventions that include motivational interviewing components and personalized feedback appear to be more efficacious. Summary: Research has largely focused on alcohol and little is known about the utility of interventions for students who use tobacco or illicit substances or who engage in problematic gambling. Research on interventions for these high-risk behaviors is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-377
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Addiction Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Addictive behaviors
  • College
  • Prevention
  • Substance use
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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