ERIC Number: ED323436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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College Students vs. RAs: A Programmatic Comparison of Ideas about Alcohol and Drugs.
Coll, Kenneth M.; Darby, Merlin D.
This study compared differences between resident assistants (RAs) and conduct code violators in alcohol and drug knowledge, reported use, and perceptions of reasons for abuse and role of the institution. Twenty conduct code violators participated in an alcohol and drug education program and 35 RAs participated in an abbreviated program as part of their job training. The setting for this program was a state college in Oregon with an enrollment of about 4,000 students of whom 800 lived on campus. All subjects completed the Alcohol: Facts vs. Myths test and the Drug and Alcohol Usage/Awareness Assessment. The results showed that RAs were generally more knowledgeable about alcohol facts than were conduct code violators. Respondents showed some knowledge of alcohol, especially in the areas of its classification as a depressant, behaviors of intoxication, and overdose dangers. Both groups seemed less aware of alcohol's impact upon society and appeared misinformed about alcohol's effects on the body. RAs appeared effective in identifying students who abused alcohol or drugs. RAs differed strongly from violators when describing reasons for abuse of alcohol or drugs, and suggestions for the role of the institution and its representatives. These findings suggest that RAs may not have a clear understanding of the conduct code violators. Evaluations from the program suggest that college alcohol and drug programs should include appropriate components on effects and dangers of drugs, and on family influence, and should be conducted in a non-judgmental atmosphere. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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