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Effectiveness of Mandated Alcohol and Cannabis Intervention Courses

Use of alcohol and drugs by college students affects academic performance, class attendance, retention, and is associated with many health effects. Students at the University of Kentucky who violate alcohol and drug policies are often assigned to mandated alcohol and drug classes.

The purpose of this dissertation study by Ben Montemayor, a Ph.D. candidate in Education Sciences, Health Promotion emphasis, with dissertation director Melody Noland, Ph.D., is to determine the effectiveness of mandated alcohol and cannabis courses in reducing the frequency and quantity of alcohol and cannabis use. Additionally, the study will determine if constructs of the Theory of Planned Behavior can predict students’ intentions to reduce use. Students enrolled in these mandated courses will complete a survey prior to and 30 days following the course. Numerous t-tests, bivariate, and multivariate regressions will be performed.