ERIC Number: EJ1097156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Predicting Binge Drinking in College Students: Rational Beliefs, Stress, or Loneliness?
Chen, Yixin; Feeley, Thomas Hugh
Journal of Drug Education, v45 n3-4 p133-155 Sep-Dec 2015
We proposed a conceptual model to predict binge-drinking behavior among college students, based on the theory of planned behavior and the stress-coping hypothesis. A two-wave online survey was conducted with predictors and drinking behavior measured separately over 2 weeks' time. In the Wave 1 survey, 279 students at a public university in the United States answered questions assessing key predictors and individual characteristics. In the Wave 2 survey, 179 participants returned and reported their drinking behavior over 2 weeks' time. After conducting a negative binomial regression, we found that more favorable attitude toward drinking and less perceived control of drinking at Wave 1 were associated with more binge drinking at Wave 2; subjective norm at Wave 1 was not a significant predictor of binge drinking at Wave 2; students with higher stress at Wave 1 engaged in more binge drinking at Wave 2, but those with higher loneliness did not. Implications of findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Predictor Variables, Stress Management, Coping, Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Regression (Statistics), Psychological Patterns, Hypothesis Testing, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: UCLA Loneliness Scale
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