Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Health Promotion


Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

First Advisor

Jeffrey S. Hallam

Second Advisor

Sarahmona M. Przybyla

Third Advisor

Martha Bass

Relational Format



Alcohol misuse by students is a prevalent public health problem on college campuses across the nation. Underage drinking and binge drinking are two distinct forms of alcohol misuse that are comamong college students and often result in negative consequences for the students, the universities, and the surrounding communities. As a result, there is an increasing need for universities to provide targeted intervention programs for students who misuse alcohol. Furthermore, it is important that the selected interventions are capable of successful implementation on campus. The University of Mississippi currently utilizes the brief alcohol screening intervention for college students (basics) program for students who violate university alcohol policies. The purpose of this study was to conduct a process evaluation of the basics program at the University of Mississippi and determine the extent to which this program is being implemented in its intended manner. The evaluation was conducted by attending the basics training session for providers, interviewing the assistant director for student health and the former program director, analyzing basics records, and observing individual and group counseling sessions. Findings indicate that basics at the University of Mississippi is not being implemented as intended, due to less individual counseling sessions and the lack of motivational interviewing (mi) utilized during individual counseling sessions. Two recommendations include the addition of individual counseling sessions and the use of a mi trainer to instruct providers on proper implementation.



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