Demographic and Predeparture Factors Associated with Drinking and Alcohol-Related Consequences for College Students Completing Study Abroad Experiences

Giovanni Umberto Aresi, Eric R. Pedersen, Jessica R. Skidmore

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Abstract

Objective: Study abroad students are at risk for increased and problematic drinking behavior. As few efforts have been made to examine this at-risk population, the authors predicted drinking and alcohol-related consequences abroad from predeparture and site-specific factors. Participants: The sample consisted of 339 students completing study abroad programs. Methods: Participants filled out onlinemeasures at predeparture, abroad, and at postreturn. Results: The authors found that drinking and consequences abroad were predicted by a number of factors, including demographics (eg, younger age, male sex, Greek affiliation, white ethnicity), student factors (eg, low GPA, major area of study), study abroad site fac- tors (eg, apartment living abroad, study in Europe), predeparture levels of drinking and consequences, sensation seeking, and goals related to social gathering. Conclusions: Findings can be used to inform campus policies for admission to study abroad programs as well as assist in the development of interventions targeted toward preventing risk for students during abroad experiences.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)244-254
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of American College Health
Volume62
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • alcohol-related consequences
  • risk behaviors
  • study abroad

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