ERIC Number: ED262357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Drinking Behavior among Graduate and Undergraduate Students.
Edwards, J.; And Others
Studies examining the influence of peer pressure on the drinking behaviors of college students have focused primarily on undergraduates. Very little is known about the drinking patterns of graduate students. To compare drinking patterns of undergraduate and graduate students, 57 college freshmen, 20 sophomores, 24 juniors, 26 seniors, 46 graduate students, and 7 unclassified students completed a questionnaire which measured how each subject would resist peer pressure to drink. The questionnaire consisted of six vignettes, each portraying a social situation which college students were most involved in while drinking. For each vignette, subjects responded for the protagonist who did not feel like drinking in the particular situation described. In addition, the amount and frequency of alcohol each subject consumed was measured and a Total Quantity and Frequency (TQF) variable was computed. The results revealed no significant difference between graduate and undergraduate students in Resistance to Pressure to Drink (RPD) scores or in their total TQF scores. No significant differences were found in RPD scores when analyzed by age or by year in school. A significant difference was found between men and women, with women showing more resistance to the pressure to drink. No significant differences were found for RPD scores of subjects with different TQF scores. Further research is needed to determine which variables are affecting graduate students' drinking habits. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (31st, Atlanta, GA, March 28-30, 1985).