ERIC Number: EJ1172902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Examining Residence Status as a Risk Factor for Health Risk Behaviors among College Students
DiBello, Angelo M.; Benz, Madeline B.; Miller, Mary Beth; Merrill, Jennifer E.; Carey, Kate B.
Journal of American College Health, v66 n3 p187-193 2018
Objective: The current study is aimed to evaluate college student residence as a unique risk factor for a range of negative health behaviors. Participants: We examined data from 63,555 students (66% females) from 157 campuses who completed the National College Health Assessment Survey in Spring 2011. Methods: Participants answered questions about the frequency of recent use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and illicit drugs, as well as sexual risk behavior in the last 30 days. Sexual risk behaviors were operationalized as having unprotected vaginal sex (yes/no) and the number of sexual partners. Results: Logistic regression analyses revealed that living off-campus is a unique predictor of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and illicit drug use, as well as engaging in unprotected sex and a greater number of sexual partners (all ps <0. 01). Conclusions: Students living off-campus exhibit more substance use and sexual risk behaviors than students living on-campus, independent of gender, age, or race.
Descriptors: Risk, Behavior Problems, Place of Residence, Health Behavior, National Surveys, Incidence, Alcohol Abuse, Smoking, Marijuana, Drug Abuse, Sexuality, On Campus Students, Commuting Students, Student Behavior, Predictor Variables, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: T32AA007459