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Title:Personal and social perceptions of college drinking: Implications for alcohol abuse prevention
Author(s):Nofz, Michael Paul
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gullerud, Ernest N.
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Social Work
Education, Guidance and Counseling
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Abstract:The purpose of this research was to explore college students' personal and social perceptions of alcohol consumption. A classroom administered survey ($N$ = 302), writing samples ($N$ = 27), group discussions ($N$ = 27), and personal interviews ($N$ = 9) were all used.
Most of the analysis was done using the qualitative data provided by writing, discussions, and interviews. Five themes were uncovered, which were also related to some of the general survey trends: (1) "Nothing else to do," reflecting drinking as a response to boredom, (2) "I can handle it," identifying student beliefs that they can control drinking behavior as well as the effects of intoxication, (3) "I'll grow out of it," revealing student perceptions of college drinking as a rite of passage, (4) "It's my life," dealing with student perceptions that those who criticize their drinking are also judging other aspects of their lives, and (5) "Friends first," which underscores the importance that students place on friends when dealing with drinking problems.
These themes are related to some previous research on college drinking, but are also analyzed in terms of new questions which they pose. Implications for incorporating the themes into alcohol abuse prevention programs are discussed in the summary chapter.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Nofz, Michael Paul
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9021736
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9021736

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