College students alcohol displays on facebook: Intervention considerations

Megan A. Moreno*, Allison Grant, Lauren Kacvinsky, Katie G. Egan, Michael F. Fleming

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate college freshmen's views towards potential social networking site (SNS) screening or intervention efforts regarding alcohol. Participants: Freshmen college students between February 2010 and May 2011. Methods: Participants were interviewed; all interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Qualitative analysis was conducted using an iterative approach. Results: A total of 132 participants completed the interview (70% response rate), the average age was 18.4 years (SD 0.49), and 64 were males (48.5%). Three themes emerged from our data. First, most participants stated they viewed displayed alcohol content as indicative of alcohol use. Second, they explained they would prefer to be approached in a direct manner by someone they knew. Third, the style of approach was considered critical. Conclusions: When approaching college students regarding alcohol messages on SNSs, both the relationship and the approach are key factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-394
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012


  • alcohol
  • counseling
  • health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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