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Demographic and predeparture factors associated with drinking and alcohol-related consequences for college students completing study abroad experiences.
J Am Coll Health. 2014; 62(4):244-54.JA

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 online measures 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 factors (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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a RAND Corporation , Santa Monica , California.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24499190

Citation

Pedersen, Eric R., et al. "Demographic and Predeparture Factors Associated With Drinking and Alcohol-related Consequences for College Students Completing Study Abroad Experiences." Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, vol. 62, no. 4, 2014, pp. 244-54.
Pedersen ER, Skidmore JR, Aresi G. Demographic and predeparture factors associated with drinking and alcohol-related consequences for college students completing study abroad experiences. J Am Coll Health. 2014;62(4):244-54.
Pedersen, E. R., Skidmore, J. R., & Aresi, G. (2014). Demographic and predeparture factors associated with drinking and alcohol-related consequences for college students completing study abroad experiences. Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, 62(4), 244-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2014.887573
Pedersen ER, Skidmore JR, Aresi G. Demographic and Predeparture Factors Associated With Drinking and Alcohol-related Consequences for College Students Completing Study Abroad Experiences. J Am Coll Health. 2014;62(4):244-54. PubMed PMID: 24499190.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Demographic and predeparture factors associated with drinking and alcohol-related consequences for college students completing study abroad experiences. AU - Pedersen,Eric R, AU - Skidmore,Jessica R, AU - Aresi,Giovanni, PY - 2014/2/7/entrez PY - 2014/2/7/pubmed PY - 2015/7/15/medline KW - alcohol KW - alcohol-related consequences KW - risk behaviors KW - study abroad SP - 244 EP - 54 JF - Journal of American college health : J of ACH JO - J Am Coll Health VL - 62 IS - 4 N2 - 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 online measures 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 factors (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. SN - 1940-3208 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24499190/Demographic_and_predeparture_factors_associated_with_drinking_and_alcohol_related_consequences_for_college_students_completing_study_abroad_experiences_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07448481.2014.887573 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -