2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Truman State University Students' Attitudes Toward Others Who Are Consuming Alcohol
Sarah E. Colen* and Justine Leo Q. Torregosa
Ms. Celeste B. Holbrook, Faculty Mentor

High risk drinking behavior is an important issue to consider when planning health programs on college campuses. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA] (2007), 19% of college students ages 18-24 met the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence. In an effort to reduce alcohol abuse and dependence, Truman State University participates in Missouri's Partners in Prevention (MOPIP). This coalition of 12 Missouri Universities conducts a risk behavior survey every year. This research adapted the MOPIP instrument to include specific questions that addressed students' attitudes toward others who are consuming alcohol. The purpose of this study is to explore these attitudes among Truman State University students (n= 234). The data will be analyzed and interpreted so results may be used to produce social norms messages on campus.

Keywords: Alcohol, Attitudes, College Drinking, MOPIP, NIAAA, Alcohol Abuse, Social Norms, Drinking Behavior

Topic(s):Health Science
Communication
Counseling

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 6-1
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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