Center for Alaska Native Health Research
Institute of Arctic Biology
205 Arctic Health Research Building


Phone: 907-474-5528

1-888-470-5576 toll-free within Alaska 

Fax: 907-474-5700

Attitudes Toward Alcohol Misuse Programs Among Alaska Native College Students

Project Leader: Monica C. Skewes, Ph.D.

Two­year project funded through June 30, 2014

Summary: Despite Alaska Native (AN) peoples having worse alcohol outcomes and a distinct history that has strongly shaped beliefs about alcohol, research has not examined attitudes toward alcohol treatment among AN people who may benefit from intervention. As a result, there is a lack of effective treatment programs to address alcohol misuse among ANs who are at risk of developing alcohol use disorders, such as college student drinkers. This research aims to collect exploratory qualitative data regarding AN students' perceptions of two contrasting approaches to alcohol treatment: ­­harm reduction and abstinence ­only—to guide the development or cultural adaptation of an evidence-­based secondary prevention program aimed at reducing alcohol­ related consequences among AN college students.

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