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Prevalence and Profiling: Hazing Among College Students and Points of Intervention

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Objective: To examine university students' attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs related to hazing. Methods: A random and representative sample of students completed a web-based survey regarding team-building and initiation behaviors (N=736). Results: Thirty-six percent of the respondents participated in hazing. Greeks, males, varsity athletes, leaders, and upperclassmen were more likely to engage in hazing. Students who engaged in hazing were more likely to engage in positive team-building activities. Conclusions: Hazing is occurring on campus, although not always recognized as such by students. Various factors that would enable someone to stop a hazing situation are addressed.
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Keywords: college students; hazing; violence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Community and Behavioral Health and Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 2: Cornell University Health Services, Ho Plaza, Ithaca, NY 3: Department of Education, 421 Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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