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Title

A Personalized Intervention to Increase Health Behaviors in College Students

Presenter Information

Jessica CriddleFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

General Experimental Psychology

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Michael Bordieri

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

College students face a distinctive period of transition and stress that is often associated with unhealthy physical health behaviors such as excessive alcohol use, poor nutrition, poor sleep quality, and low rates of exercise. While group level informational interventions do not usually result in long-term improvements in this area, recent research shows the effectiveness of individualized, multi-dimensional interventions. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) utilizes a component which has been shown to increase motivation for and engagement in a variety of behaviors through personal values. This study compares an informational intervention to a personalized values intervention to determine their effects on health behavior change. If successful, it could lead to research developing personalized health interventions for college students that can be administered at the group level.

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A Personalized Intervention to Increase Health Behaviors in College Students

College students face a distinctive period of transition and stress that is often associated with unhealthy physical health behaviors such as excessive alcohol use, poor nutrition, poor sleep quality, and low rates of exercise. While group level informational interventions do not usually result in long-term improvements in this area, recent research shows the effectiveness of individualized, multi-dimensional interventions. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) utilizes a component which has been shown to increase motivation for and engagement in a variety of behaviors through personal values. This study compares an informational intervention to a personalized values intervention to determine their effects on health behavior change. If successful, it could lead to research developing personalized health interventions for college students that can be administered at the group level.