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ERIC Number: EJ789394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Is Alcohol Related to Rioting? An Exploration of College Student Attitudes
Maney, Dolores W.; Baylor, Eric D.; Gates, Sarah C.
Health Educator, v35 n2 p17-24 Fall 2003
This research reports on college students' attitudes regarding alcohol abuse and rioting and beliefs about university- and community-based environmental management strategies to quell riotous behavior. Using a primarily qualitative research technique, the researchers explored attitudes toward recent rioting at a northeastern Big Ten University using a 16-item questionnaire containing mostly open-ended items. A selected sample of 150 students majoring in education or health and physical education was chosen, 139 of whom volunteered to participate. Most students expressed beliefs that heavy alcohol use and rioting were linked; however, many rejected paternalistic approaches such as strict enforcement or countermeasures. Opinions toward increased police enforcement to reduce rioting among these respondents were fairly evenly divided, although many forceful responses opposing police enforcement were noted, especially regarding the use of tear gas, perceived limiting of personal freedoms, and characterization of police as intimidating. Respondents characterized the most recent public disturbance at this university as a "riot," or a wild party that "grew out of control." Only a small minority of respondents indicated they had participated in the most recent of three disturbances. Implications regarding the role of health educators to promote university- and community-based alcohol abuse prevention coalitions are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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