2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Use, Abuse, and Harmful Effects of Caffeinated Beverages among Truman State University Freshmen
Courtney J. Perrachione*, Brent W. Baxley, and Imran Mohammed
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

Caffeine is the most widely used and available drug on college campuses, however its side effects and long-term properties are not understood by users. The purpose of this study was to determine caffeine behaviors by Truman freshmen and asses their attitudes towards the substance. IRB approval was granted for a 10-question survey developed, piloted, and administered to freshman students at Truman State University. Methods for this study included a pre-test survey, 30-minute presentation, followed by the post-test during spring semester 2010. Results of the pre- and post-test data will be analyzed using SPSS. The information gained will be used by health educators and Student Affairs at Truman to implement educational strategies to modify students caffeine consumption behaviors toward healthier alternatives.

Keywords: Caffeine, Freshmen, Drug Behavior

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 53-4
Location: VH 1000
Time: 3:30

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