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Texans Standing Tall
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Texans Standing Tall is translating research on Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for risky alcohol use into practice as a primary prevention tool on college campuses.
Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for alcohol use is an evidence-based intervention to reduce risky drinking behaviors and related consequences. It is often conducted on college campuses in counseling or judicial settings after an individual has been injured or gotten in trouble with the law due to alcohol use. Texans Standing Tall’s SBI project is innovative in that SBI is implemented as a preventive measure prior to an alcohol-related injury or violation. We partner with colleges and universities to administer the SBI project on 4-year and 2-year public and private campuses to high-risk student populations - typically first-year students, students in Greek organizations, and athletes.
Primary Goals of the Program
Texans Standing Tall offers campuses the option of having students complete a pre-test immediately before SBI, process, and then complete measures perceptions of SBI and any changes in drinking behavior.
Texans Standing Tall began working with college campuses to implement Screening and Brief Intervention in 2010. The first implementation was funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant for statewide coalitions. We continued implementation and enhanced the evaluation with funding from a Substance Abuse Administration's CSAP Service to Science Award and subsequent mini-subcontract. In 2013, we were awarded a grant for the project by the Texas Department of Transportation.
In order to examine the impact SBI has on participants' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to alcohol use and abuse, TST works with an outside evaluator to analyze and assess the program. Overall, results show that participants report fewer negative consequences related to their drinking after participating in a campus SBI event, which is a key goal of the SBI Project.
In one campus evaluation, among students who initially screened positive for risky drinking, most explored options for change during the intervention. Of these, most committed to try to make these changes. Other outcomes are indicated in the table below.
If interested in the program, please contact:
Director of Research & Advocacy