Project FYI was designed to collect pilot data that will guide the implementation of an established parent-based intervention (PBI) to reduce high-risk drinking among 2-year college students. These data will examine novel mediating processes, such as sleep deprivation due to heightened work and family obligations that may influence two-year college students’ high-risk alcohol and other substance use. In addition, we will examine how neurocognitive factors, such as executive cognitive functioning and reward sensitivity, may account for links between sleep deprivation and substance use in this vulnerable and understudied population. If we determine that two-year students exhibit fundamental differences in risk factors for substance use (e.g., distinct patterns of parent communication, increased sleep deprivation, heightened stress), then cultural adaptation of the PBI is necessary. Next steps would then entail submission of an application to NIH to adapt and test the adapted intervention.
Funded by the Penn State Social Science Research Institute
Awarded to Michael Cleveland, Ph.D.