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ERIC Number: EJ1169490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
The Relationship between Physical Activity and Binge Drinking among College Students: A Qualitative Investigation
Dinger, Mary K.; Brittain, Danielle R.; O'Mara, Heidi M.; Peterson, Brent M.; Hall, Kelly C.; Hadley, Molly K.; Sharp, Teresa A.
American Journal of Health Education, v49 n1 p33-39 2018
Background: Among college students, an incongruous association between physical activity (PA) and binge drinking (BD) has been reported. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to qualitatively investigate the relationship between PA and BD among college students. Methods: A trained facilitator asked open-ended questions, based on the social-ecological model, during sex-specific focus groups to inquire about PA and BD. Participants were physically active students (18-24 years, non-varsity athletes), who reported at least one binge drinking episode in the past 30 days. Transcripts were analyzed by 3 researchers to determine emergent themes. Results: Several intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and community factors were identified. The most frequently occurring theme among females (n = 25) was "calorie conscious." "Damage control: healthy/unhealthy" was the most frequent theme/subtheme among males (n = 33). Discussion: The findings suggest multiple social-ecological levels that influence the complex relationship between PA and BD in college students. Although additional research is warranted, results of this study suggest that community-level factors greatly influence several intrapersonal and interpersonal level factors described by participants. Translation to Health Education Practice: It is imperative that Health Education professionals consider all social-ecological levels of influence when developing interventions and policies to promote PA and reduce BD among college students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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