Melinda G Novik

Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, United States

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Publications (7)4.33 Total impact

  • Melinda Griffin Novik · Bradley O Boekeloo ·
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    ABSTRACT: Intercession into collegiate alcohol misuse by the Department of Resident Live (DRL) in freshmen dormitories at one large, Mid-Atlantic, diverse, public university was examined. Freshmen dormitory resident drinkers (n=357), 71% of whom reported alcohol misuse, were surveyed. Student self-report and DRL documentation, respectively, revealed that 6.4% and 7.8% (Kappa=.77) of drinkers were documented with an alcohol violation, 4.2% and 3.4% (Kappa=.81) lost housing priority points, 1.4% and .6% (Kappa=.28) were referred for alcohol counseling, and 1.4% and .3% (Kappa = .33) were taken to the emergency room. DRL infrequently interceded into alcohol misuse, perhaps because most misuse occurred off-campus.
    Journal of College Student Development 03/2013; 54(2):202-208. DOI:10.1353/csd.2013.0016 · 0.68 Impact Factor
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    Bradley O Boekeloo · Melinda G Novik ·
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    ABSTRACT: Clinical prevention trials (approaches to educating and counseling) of adolescents (teens and young adults aged 12 to 25) about risks related to alcohol use indicate that reduction in adolescent alcohol use is possible with nonphysicians as interventionists and physicians as interventionists supported by patient counseling guides and resources. Opportunities for personalized, interactive adolescent education with goal setting appears key to intervention success. Physicians might also be more effective if they are aware of emerging alcohol problems among youth, systems-level resources for counseling adolescents about prevention, and appropriate guidance for parents. Recommendations and resources for clinicians working with adolescents regarding alcohol misuse are provided.
    Adolescent medicine: state of the art reviews 12/2011; 22(3):631-48, xiv.
  • Bradley O Boekeloo · Melinda Griffin Novik · Elizabeth N. Bush ·
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined college freshmen who intentionally drink alcohol to get drunk (DTGD). Survey data from 307 incoming freshmen college students living in freshmen residence halls who reported drinking alcohol in the last 30 days were analyzed. The majority (76.9%) of these self-reported drinkers reported DTGD. Relative to other freshmen drinkers, those who reported DTGD were significantly more likely to have consumed alcohol before going out to a party or bar, participated in a drinking game, drank heavily on a non-school night but not on a school night, used liquor, used beer, combined alcohol and drugs, experienced a hangover, vomited, passed out, and/or blacked out. The associations support DTGD as a measure of pre-meditated, controlled, and intentional consumption of alcohol to reach a state of inebriation. Common intentional drunkenness as observed in this study population may have implications for college alcohol risk reduction programs.
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    Melinda G Novik · Bradley O Boekeloo ·
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    ABSTRACT: The current study examined the dimensionality of a protective behavioral strategies (PBS) measure among undergraduate, predominantly freshmen (92.5%) college students reporting recent alcohol use (n = 320). Participants completed a web-based survey assessing 22 PBS items. Factor analyses determined the underlying factor structure of the items. Congruence of the factor structure among gender and racial sub-groups was examined by rotating the sub-groups' matrices via the Procrustes rotation method. Reliability analyses determined internal consistency. A 2-factor solution was retained utilizing 17 of the original items. Both PBS sub-scales (Limits and Avoidance) had acceptable internal consistency across all samples. This PBS Scale was determined to be bi-dimensional and reliable. The dimensions suggest two underlying foci: ways to limit alcohol intake and ways to avoid alcohol intake while socializing. Practical implications of these findings are discussed.
    Journal of Drug Education 01/2011; 41(1):65-78. DOI:10.2190/DE.41.1.d · 0.28 Impact Factor
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    Bradley O Boekeloo · Elizabeth N Bush · Melinda G Novik ·
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    ABSTRACT: The authors examined the secondhand effects among college freshmen of others' alcohol use and related student characteristics, and perceptions about residence hallmates. The authors surveyed 509 incoming freshmen residing in predominantly freshman residence halls. The authors administered a Web-based survey 2 months into the 2006 fall academic semester. Most (80%) students experienced at least 1 secondhand effect. Participants' perceptions of wingmates' acceptance and expectation of alcohol use and participants' perceived inability to protect themselves against alcohol problems were related to experiencing secondhand effects, as were being a female and a drinker. Incoming college freshmen frequently experienced secondhand effects of alcohol use. Involving residence halls in norms-based interventions aimed at reducing secondhand effects warrants evaluation. Further research is also needed to examine skill building among college students to avoid and intervene into others' drinking and to examine resident advisor roles as both engenderers of trust and cooperation as well as enforcers of alcohol rules.
    Journal of American College Health 08/2010; 57(6):619-26. DOI:10.3200/JACH.57.6.619-628 · 1.45 Impact Factor
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    Melinda G Novik · Donna E Howard · Bradley O Boekeloo ·
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationship between drinking motivations and college students' experiences with unwanted sexual advances. Undergraduates, from a public university in the mid-Atlantic region, who reported recent (30 day) alcohol use ( n = 289) completed an online survey midway through the spring 2007 academic semester. Experiencing an unwanted sexual advance was the outcome of interest for the present study. The independent variables included sociodemographics and a three-factor (social ease, social image or reputation, emotional distress) drinking motivation measure. Prevalence estimates as well as unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios (OR) were produced. A strong relationship was found between having an unwanted sexual advance and recent binge drinking as well as drinking to remove emotional distress (OR = 3.40 and 2.73, respectively, for the total sample; OR = 7.27 and 2.82 for females). Findings suggest that experiencing an unwanted sexual advance is associated with specific drinking motivations and more likely to occur among females. Further research is needed to fully understand pathways and implications.
    Journal of Interpersonal Violence 05/2010; 26(1):34-49. DOI:10.1177/0886260510362884 · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An intervention to reduce college alcohol use and secondhand effects was tested. Freshmen dormitory wings at a large Mid-Atlantic public university were assigned to single-gender (SG) or mixed-gender (MG) Information-Motivation-Behavior (IMB) workshops implemented during the first weeks of school, or a control condition. Students were surveyed before school began and at 2- and 6-month follow-up. Analyses indicated that, among males, the adjusted mean weekly alcohol use was lower in the SG than the control condition (1.89 vs. 2.72, p = .041). Among females, the adjusted mean weekly alcohol use was lower in the MG than the SG (1.60 vs. 2.44, p = .021) and control condition (1.60 vs. 2.27, p = .056). Further research should identify underlying mechanisms for effective alcohol behavior change among male and female wing-mates.
    Journal of Drug Education 01/2009; 39(4):339-59. DOI:10.2190/DE.39.4.a · 0.28 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

35 Citations
4.33 Total Impact Points


  • 2009-2013
    • Missouri State University
      • Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
      Springfield, Missouri, United States
  • 2011
    • University of Maryland, College Park
      • School of Public Health
      Maryland, United States