ERIC Number: ED460302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Positive Youth Development: Helping Postsecondary Students Deal with Pressures To Use Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Guthmann, Debra S.; Sandberg, Katherine A.
Current research shows alcohol and other drugs to be a major problem on postsecondary campuses despite the fact that the purchase and use of alcohol is illegal for many college students and on most campuses. Little is known about drug and alcohol use levels among deaf students, many of whom come to college ill prepared to handle the pressures of college life. Deaf students in the postsecondary setting often fall behind in the development process of making connections to healthy people, places, ideas and interests. Prevention strategies are reviewed, and a survey of current drug and alcohol policies on postsecondary campuses is reported. On many campuses there is no one to make prevention or counseling efforts accessible to deaf students. Strategies that can be used in the postsecondary setting to help deaf and hard of hearing students be prepared to deal with alcohol and drugs and thus be successful in their educational efforts are discussed. In addition, institutional policies and practices are suggested that support a healthy way of life for deaf postsecondary students. The "Campus Drug Prevention Questionnaire" and an alcohol abuse discussion guide are appended. (Contains 20 references.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Students, Deafness, Health Education, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Partial Hearing, Peer Influence, Prevention, Resilience (Personality), Student Development, Student Personnel Services, Substance Abuse
For full text: http://www.mncddeaf.org/pages/articles.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Postsecondary Education for Persons Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (8th, Orlando, FL, April 29-May 2, 1998).