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EXAMINING THE PATTERNS OF ALCOHOL USE ON CAMPUS AND THE PERCEPTIONS OF FACULTY RELATED TO STUDENT ALCOHOL USE

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2007
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This study investigated the alcohol consumption patterns of three student groups, the general student body, Greeks, and athletes, to determine how those consumption patterns compared to national student alcohol drinking patterns. The study also examined faculty perceptions of student alcohol use on campus to gauge the accuracy of those perceptions. Using a mixed methods research design, the researcher analyzed the quantitative data to develop a detailed portrait of actual student alcohol use on campus and an overview of the faculty’s knowledge of campus alcohol policies and prevention efforts. The findings revealed that the student alcohol consumption patterns paralleled the drinking patterns of students across the nation. Specifically, the data indicated males drank more than females; the Greeks and athletes drank more than the general student body; and the Greeks drank more than the athletes. Related to the faculty perceptions of student drinking, the data, in general, revealed that faculty overestimated the average number of drinks consumed per week and underestimated the percentage of students engaged in binge drinking for each of the student groups. Through the analysis of a short qualitative questionnaire completed by a small random sample of the faculty, the researcher discovered that when faculty were provided with actual student reported data, a majority of the sample indicated changes in their perceptions of students’ drinking behaviors. The findings clearly indicate that prevention efforts must be directed toward all students with special emphasis placed on targeting males who participate in social Greek organizations and athletics. Additionally, data related to student alcohol use must be widely distributed to faculty members on campus to help correct misperceptions that may exist and efforts must focus on enlisting the assistance and support of the faculty in prevention efforts. Recommendations for future research are provided.
Title: EXAMINING THE PATTERNS OF ALCOHOL USE ON CAMPUS AND THE PERCEPTIONS OF FACULTY RELATED TO STUDENT ALCOHOL USE.
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Name(s): McGuckin, Tammy Lynne, Author
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Summary: This study investigated the alcohol consumption patterns of three student groups, the general student body, Greeks, and athletes, to determine how those consumption patterns compared to national student alcohol drinking patterns. The study also examined faculty perceptions of student alcohol use on campus to gauge the accuracy of those perceptions. Using a mixed methods research design, the researcher analyzed the quantitative data to develop a detailed portrait of actual student alcohol use on campus and an overview of the faculty’s knowledge of campus alcohol policies and prevention efforts. The findings revealed that the student alcohol consumption patterns paralleled the drinking patterns of students across the nation. Specifically, the data indicated males drank more than females; the Greeks and athletes drank more than the general student body; and the Greeks drank more than the athletes. Related to the faculty perceptions of student drinking, the data, in general, revealed that faculty overestimated the average number of drinks consumed per week and underestimated the percentage of students engaged in binge drinking for each of the student groups. Through the analysis of a short qualitative questionnaire completed by a small random sample of the faculty, the researcher discovered that when faculty were provided with actual student reported data, a majority of the sample indicated changes in their perceptions of students’ drinking behaviors. The findings clearly indicate that prevention efforts must be directed toward all students with special emphasis placed on targeting males who participate in social Greek organizations and athletics. Additionally, data related to student alcohol use must be widely distributed to faculty members on campus to help correct misperceptions that may exist and efforts must focus on enlisting the assistance and support of the faculty in prevention efforts. Recommendations for future research are provided.
Identifier: WFE0000088 (IID), uwf:60714 (fedora)
Note(s): Ed.D.
Department of Professional and Community Leadership
Doctorate
Subject(s): Student Alcohol Use, Social Norms, Athletes, Faculty Perceptions, Greeks, Student Alcohol Consumption
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000088
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Host Institution: UWF

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