A pilot feasibility c-rct of screening and brief alcohol intervention in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting: SIPS jr-high

Newbury-Birch, D., O'Neil, S., O'Donnell, A., Coulton, Simon, Howel, D., McColl, E., Stamp, E., Graybill, E., Gilvarry, E., Laing, K., and others. (2014) A pilot feasibility c-rct of screening and brief alcohol intervention in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting: SIPS jr-high. In: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 38 (S1). John Wiley & Sons (doi:10.1111/acer.12451) (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)

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Abstract

Introduction: Approximately 33% of 15–16 year olds in England report alcohol intoxication in the past month with adolescents in the UK being amongst the heaviest young drinkers in Europe leading to high social and economic costs. Methods: A three arm pilot feasibility cRCT to assess the feasibility of a future definitive cRCT of brief alcohol intervention (ASBI) in a school setting with an integrated qualitative component (randomisation at school level). Feasibility of trial processes, recruitment and retention and a qualitative evaluation examined facilitators and barriers to the use of ASBI approaches in the school setting in this age group. Interventions: Young people aged 14–15 (Year 10) in 7 schools in the North East of England who screened positive on a single alcohol screening question and consented to take part were randomised to either provision of an advice leaflet (control condition, n=2 schools); a 30-minute brief interactive session which combined structured advice and motivational interviewing techniques delivered by the school learning mentor (Intervention 1, n=2 schools); a 60-minute session involving family members delivered by the school learning mentor (Intervention 2, n=3 schools). Young people were followed-up at 12-months. Objectives: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of a future definitive cRCT of ASBI in a school setting. Results: Two hundred and twenty-two young people were eligible for the trial. 182 (82%) were randomised (control n=53; Intervention 1 n=54; Intervention 2 n=75). Of the 75 randomised to Intervention 2, 67 received Intervention 1 (89%). Eight received both Intervention 1 and Intervention 2 (11%). 160/182 were successfully followed up at 12 months (88%). Interviews were carried out with 6 school lead liaisons; 13 learning mentors; 27 young people and seven parents (n=53). Outcomes/conclusions: Analysis shows that the school setting is a feasible and acceptable place to carry out ASBI with learning mentors seen as suitable people to do this. Intervention 2 was not seen as feasible or acceptable by school staff, parents or young people therefore a definitive study should not include a parental arm. Source of funding: The study was funded under the NIHR Public Health Research Programme commissioned call 10/3002 Alcohol and Young People: Interventions to prevent hazardous drinking of alcohol by school aged children and young people.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/acer.12451
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5001 Alcohol use and miuse
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 11:01 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 11:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42495 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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