Problem drinking among at-risk college students: The examination of Greek involvement, freshman status, and history of mental health problems

Haley S. Martinez, Alicia K. Klanecky, Dennis E. McChargue

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Abstract

Objective: Scarce research has examined the combined effect of mental health difficulties and demographic risk factors such as freshman status and Greek affiliation in understanding college problem drinking. The current study is interested in looking at the interaction among freshman status, Greek affiliation, and mental health difficulties. Participants and Methods: Undergraduate students (N = 413) from a private and public Midwestern university completed a large online survey battery between January 2009 and April 2013. Data from both schools were aggregated for the analyses. Results: After accounting for gender, age, and school type, the three-way interaction indicated that the highest drinking levels were reported in freshman students who reported a history of mental health problems although were not involved in Greek life. Conclusions: Findings are discussed in the context of perceived social norms, as well as alcohol-related screenings and intervention opportunities on college campuses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-587
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume66
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2018

Keywords

  • First year students
  • greek life
  • history of mental health problems
  • problem drinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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