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ERIC Number: ED456343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
The Relationship between Alcohol Use and Sexual Assault Incidents in Educational Settings.
Colon, Enid S.; Wells, Julian; Chambliss, Catherine
A comparative study was conducted on the relationship between the frequency of sexual assault incidents and the relative accessibility of alcohol on two small liberal arts colleges and one larger public university. The alcohol policy varied among the colleges in that one was an alcohol free campus and another permitted drinking for students who were at least 21 years old. Three hypotheses were proposed: (1) campuses with liberal alcohol policies were expected to have a higher rate of sexual assault than campuses with conservative alcohol policies; (2) drinkers were expected to have experienced more sexual assault incidents; and (3) freshman were expected to report a higher incidence of unwanted intercourse. Counter to expectation, the results indicated that the small liberal arts college with a conservative alcohol policy had the highest rate of alcohol use, followed closely by the small liberal arts college with a liberal alcohol policy. The medium-size public university with a conservative alcohol policy was found to have the lowest rate of alcohol use. No significant differences in reports of sexual incidents were found among the campuses. Drinkers experienced more sexual incidents than nondrinkers. Contrary to the data analysis, juniors and seniors reported higher rates of experiencing unwanted intercourse than freshman and sophomores. (Contains 47 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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