This paper aims to evaluate effectiveness of cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) to prevent substance use among first-year university students at high risk of substance use.
Sixty university students at high risk for substance use recruited and assigned to CBI and control groups (30 students per groups). Intervention impact was assessed on measures of attitudes toward substance use at three time points: baseline, postintervention and three-months postintervention.
The analysis showed that participants’ negative attitudes toward substance use in the intervention group was increased post intervention. Although the mean score was significantly higher than the baseline (Time I) at Time II and dropped at Time III, the mean scores remained higher than time I, using repeated measure ANOVA (p < 0.05).
Findings of this study provide evidence that CBI is effective to sustain substance abstinence among this age group.
The paper is testing effectiveness CBI among a high-risk population of substance use. The study is highlighting the importance of sustaining substance abstinence using psychological preventive methods.
Conflict of interest: Authors claims no conflict of interest.This study is funded by the University of Jordan, Deanship of Academic Research. No 35/ 2016-2017.Ethical approval: This study was approved by the IRB at the University of Jordan.
Hamdan Mansour, A., Shehadeh, J.H. and Hamdan Mansour, L.A. (2020), "Using cognitive behavioral intervention to prevent substance use among university students: comparative study", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-04-2020-0021Download as .RIS
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