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ERIC Number: EJ798187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Incoming Students' Alcohol Use and Intent to Join Greek Organizations
Oswalt, Sara B.; Shutt, Michael D.; Cooper, Diane L.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v18 n2 p31-52 2006
Incoming first-time, first-year students attending summer orientation (N = 1,710) at a large public university in the Southeast completed an instrument that assessed their use of alcohol and other drugs during the previous year, their perceptions of use by current students on campus, their intended alcohol use, and their intent to join a Greek organization. For most variables examined, results indicate statistically significant differences between those students who intend to join a Greek organization and those who do not plan to join or are undecided about joining. While Greek organizations are often blamed for high-risk alcohol use among their members, these results suggest that students opting to join a Greek organization have a higher use prior to attending the university. Implications for first-year programs and alternate means of alcohol education are discussed. (Contains 1 note and 3 tables.)
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A