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Brief intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14–15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

O'Neill, Stephanie, Coulton, Simon, Deluca, Paolo, Deverill, Mark, Drummond, Colin, Gilvarry, Eilish, Graybill, Erin, Harle, Christine, Howel, Denise, Kaner, Eileen, and others. (2012) Brief intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14–15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13 (166). ISSN 1745-6215. (doi:10.1186/1745-6215-13-166) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:37802)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-13-166

Abstract

Background: Whilst the overall proportion of young people drinking alcohol in the United Kingdom has decreased

in recent years, those who do drink appear to drink a larger amount, and more frequently. Early and heavy drinking

by younger adolescents is a significant public health problem linked to intellectual impairment, increased risk of

injuries, mental health issues, unprotected or regretted sexual experience, violence, and sometimes accidental

death, which leads to high social and economic costs. This feasibility pilot trial aims to explore the feasibility of

delivering brief alcohol intervention in a school setting with adolescents aged 14 and 15 and to examine the

acceptability of study measures to school staff, young people and parents.

Methods and design: Seven schools across one geographical area in the North East of England will be recruited.

Schools will be randomly allocated to one of three conditions: provision of an advice leaflet (control condition,

n= 2 schools); a 30-minute brief interactive session, which combines structured advice and motivational

interviewing techniques delivered by the school learning mentor (level 1 condition, n= 2 schools); and a 60-minute

session involving family members delivered by the school learning mentor (level 2 condition, n= 3 schools).

Participants will be year 10 school pupils (aged 14 and 15) who screen positively on a single alcohol screening

question and who consent to take part in the trial. Year 10 pupils in all seven schools will be followed up at 6 and

12 months. Secondary outcome measures include the ten-question Alcohol-Use Disorders Identification Test. The

EQ-5D-Y and a modified short service use questionnaire will inform the health and social resource costs for any

future economic evaluation.

Young people recruited into the trial will also complete a 28-day timeline follow back questionnaire at 12-month

follow-up. A qualitative evaluation (with young people, school staff, learning mentors, and parents) will examine

facilitators and barriers to the use of screening and brief intervention approaches in the school setting in this age

group.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-166
Additional information: Trial reference number ISRCTN07073105
Uncontrolled keywords: Alcohol, Screening and brief intervention, Feasibility pilot trial, Motivational interviewing, Young people
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5001 Alcoholism and intemperance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ550 Diseases of adolescence. Adolescent medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 10:17 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37802 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Coulton, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7704-3274
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