ERIC Number: ED344158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Alcohol, Sex, and Contraceptive Use among College Seniors.
Tyler, Lori; Kyes, Kelly B.
Alcohol consumption among college students has been an issue of concern for several years and peer pressure has been identified as the most consistent and best predictor of the consumption of alcohol among college students. Peer pressure is often prevalent in the Greek organizations, which frequently are associated with campus drinking. Drinking, in turn, often has been associated with unprotected sexual activities. This study examined the differences between members of Greek organizations and non-members for frequency of alcohol consumption, sexual intercourse, contraceptive use during sex, and alcohol consumption prior to having sex. It was hypothesized that members of Greek organizations would report consuming alcohol more often, having sexual intercourse more often, using contraceptives less often, and consuming alcohol prior to sex more often than would non-Greek students. College seniors (N=165) responded anonymously to a questionnaire that assessed student membership in organizations and student participation in the behaviors of interest for each semester at college, and that contained specific questions about the student's first and most recent experience of sexual intercourse. Four 2x2x8 repeated measures analyses of variance indicated support for two of the proposed hypotheses: Greek members reported drinking alcohol more frequently and preceding sex with alcohol more frequently than did non-Greek respondents. Post-hoc chi square analyses indicated that planning sex had the most predictive value for contraceptive use. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (38th, Knoxville, TN, March 25-28, 1992).