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Perceived behavioral alcohol norms predict drinking for college students while studying abroad.
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2009 Nov; 70(6):924-8.JS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

College students who study abroad may represent a subgroup at risk for increased drinking while living in foreign countries. The present study explores this idea as well as the extent to which students' pre-abroad perceptions of study-abroad student drinking are related to actual drinking while abroad.

METHOD

Ninety-one students planning to study abroad completed an online survey of demographics, pre-abroad drinking behavior, perceptions of study-abroad student drinking behavior while abroad, and intentions to drink while abroad. Halfway into their study-abroad experience, participants completed a follow-up survey assessing drinking while abroad.

RESULTS

Pre-abroad intentions of drinking and pre-abroad perceptions of study-abroad drinking were associated with actual drinking while abroad. However, perceptions predicted actual drinking while abroad over and above intended drinking. In addition, although participants overall did not significantly increase their drinking while studying abroad, participants with higher pre-abroad perceived norms significantly increased their own drinking behavior while abroad.

CONCLUSIONS

As in other samples of college students, perceived norms appear to be an important correlate of study-abroad student drinking behavior. Findings suggest that perceptions of study-abroad student-specific drinking predicted not only actual drinking while abroad but also increases in drinking from pre-abroad levels. Findings provide preliminary support for the idea that presenting prospective study-abroad students with accurate norms of study-abroad student-drinking behavior may help prevent increased or heavy drinking during this period.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. epeder@u.washington.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19895769

Citation

Pedersen, Eric R., et al. "Perceived Behavioral Alcohol Norms Predict Drinking for College Students While Studying Abroad." Journal of Studies On Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 70, no. 6, 2009, pp. 924-8.
Pedersen ER, LaBrie JW, Hummer JF. Perceived behavioral alcohol norms predict drinking for college students while studying abroad. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2009;70(6):924-8.
Pedersen, E. R., LaBrie, J. W., & Hummer, J. F. (2009). Perceived behavioral alcohol norms predict drinking for college students while studying abroad. Journal of Studies On Alcohol and Drugs, 70(6), 924-8.
Pedersen ER, LaBrie JW, Hummer JF. Perceived Behavioral Alcohol Norms Predict Drinking for College Students While Studying Abroad. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2009;70(6):924-8. PubMed PMID: 19895769.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Perceived behavioral alcohol norms predict drinking for college students while studying abroad. AU - Pedersen,Eric R, AU - LaBrie,Joseph W, AU - Hummer,Justin F, PY - 2009/11/10/entrez PY - 2009/11/10/pubmed PY - 2010/1/27/medline SP - 924 EP - 8 JF - Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs JO - J Stud Alcohol Drugs VL - 70 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVE: College students who study abroad may represent a subgroup at risk for increased drinking while living in foreign countries. The present study explores this idea as well as the extent to which students' pre-abroad perceptions of study-abroad student drinking are related to actual drinking while abroad. METHOD: Ninety-one students planning to study abroad completed an online survey of demographics, pre-abroad drinking behavior, perceptions of study-abroad student drinking behavior while abroad, and intentions to drink while abroad. Halfway into their study-abroad experience, participants completed a follow-up survey assessing drinking while abroad. RESULTS: Pre-abroad intentions of drinking and pre-abroad perceptions of study-abroad drinking were associated with actual drinking while abroad. However, perceptions predicted actual drinking while abroad over and above intended drinking. In addition, although participants overall did not significantly increase their drinking while studying abroad, participants with higher pre-abroad perceived norms significantly increased their own drinking behavior while abroad. CONCLUSIONS: As in other samples of college students, perceived norms appear to be an important correlate of study-abroad student drinking behavior. Findings suggest that perceptions of study-abroad student-specific drinking predicted not only actual drinking while abroad but also increases in drinking from pre-abroad levels. Findings provide preliminary support for the idea that presenting prospective study-abroad students with accurate norms of study-abroad student-drinking behavior may help prevent increased or heavy drinking during this period. SN - 1938-4114 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19895769/full_citation L2 - https://www.jsad.com/doi/abs/10.15288/jsad.2009.70.924 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -