Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Advisor(s)

Daniel D. Holt

Abstract

This paper explores a substance abuse intervention strategy known as contingency management (CM), which has been shown to be effective in a variety of contexts (Prendergast, 2006). Specifically, it identifies the minimum hypothetical amount of money participants might be willing to exchange for their abstinence from alcohol on a given day of the week. The hypothetical amounts of money were identified using the Walker Alcohol Contingency Test (WACT), and participants’ risk level for alcohol consumption was identified using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), which grouped participants into one of three caregories. Additional information such as year in school and gender were included in order to isolate factors that contribute to their differences in monetary amounts. Results showed that participants identified by the AUDIT as high-risk for alcohol abuse problems required more money overall than did lower-risk groups. This research can help to inform enactments of CM in the future by providing a framework to determine how much money should be used, which participants require more money, and on what days.

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