ERIC Number: EJ1066335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
College Student Alcohol Use and Abuse: Social Norms, Health Beliefs, and Selected Socio-Demographic Variables as Explanatory Factors
Champion, Denisha A.; Lewis, Todd F.; Myers, Jane E.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v59 n1 p57-82 Apr 2015
The U.S. Surgeon General described college alcohol abuse as the most significant public health concern on university campuses (DHHS, 2007). Social norms have been identified as a strong predictor of college drinking and yet programs based on norms have had limited effectiveness in changing drinking behavior. Other theoretical explanations, such as the Health Belief Model, are needed to expand our theoretical understanding of collegiate drinking. Two-hundred and eighty-three (283) undergraduate students from three universities in the southeast were queried on demographic questions, social norms, and health beliefs related to drinking. Findings indicated that health beliefs add appreciably to variance in drinking, complementing both social norms and demographic variables commonly associated with alcohol consumption.
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Drinking, Social Influences, Social Attitudes, Beliefs, Health Behavior, Student Characteristics, Public Health, Undergraduate Students, Social Theories, Correlation, Student Surveys, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Mental Disorders, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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