Protective Behaviors and High-Risk Drinking Among Entering College Freshmen
Authors: Sutfin, Erin L.; Light, Laney S.; Wagoner, Kimberly G.; McCoy, Thomas P.; Thompson, Martie P.; Rhodes, Scott D.; Spitler, Hugh D.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 33, Number 5, September 2009 , pp. 610-619(10)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives : To explore the use of protective behaviors to reduce risks associated with alcohol consumption among adolescents during the summer preceding college enrollment.
Methods : Survey data were collected in fall 2006 and 2007 that assessed demographic characteristics, drinking behaviors, and use of protective behaviors in the 3 months preceding the survey.
Results : Female participants reported using 4 out of 10 protective behaviors more often than did males, and using protective behaviors was significantly related to fewer negative drinking-related consequences.
Conclusions : Findings highlight potential benefits of using protective behaviors and the need to promote effective behaviors.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medial Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC.
Publication date: 2009-09-01
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