Investigating Risk Factors Predictive of Problem Outcomes Experienced by First Year Drinking and Non-Drinking Collegiate Student-Athletes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
William N. Dudley, Professor Public Health Education (Creator)
Jeffrey John Milroy, Associate Director (Creator)
Erin J. Reifsteck (Creator)
Kelly L. Rulison, Associate Professor (Creator)
David L. Wyrick, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examined risk factors for problem outcomes experienced by drinking and non-drinking first year collegiate student-athletes. Freshman and transfer student-athletes (N=2956) reported their alcohol use, problems experienced and demographic/sport-related data via an online survey. We hypothesized extreme drinking, male, out-of-season, team sport and Division III would significantly predict experiencing more alcohol, sport and other-related problem outcomes. Results suggest that out-of-season, team sport and light, heavy or extreme drinking (versus non-drinking) student-athletes were more likely to report alcohol-related problems. Female and in-season student-athletes were more likely to experience sport-related problems. Other problem outcomes were more likely to be experienced by heavy and extreme drinkers but not light drinkers. Findings should guide prevention programming that targets high-risk student-athlete groups.

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Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. 60(3), 22-41 [2016]
Language: English
Date: 2016
college, student-athlete, alcohol use, consequences, problem outcomes, first-year students

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